Crystal LoGiudice - USA Today Sports

Les Miles suggests Etling will start, Fournette nearing 100 percent

Les Miles suggests Danny Etling will start for LSU against Mississippi State and says Leonard Fournette is "nearing 100 percent."

Updated: 8:00 p.m.

LSU coach Les Miles said he wanted to keep the Tigers starting quarterback decision “in house” this week against Mississippi State.

Miles, after a short two-minute stint of cell phone difficulties, hopped on the Southeastern Conference’s coaches weekly teleconference call Wednesday morning and was asked who he plans on starting at quarterback against the Bulldogs.

The decision stayed “in house” for nearly eight seconds.

“We’re going to keep that in house if you don’t mind,” the coach answered.

Then, Miles, essentially, suggested redshirt junior Danny Etling will start on Saturday. 

“But, I can’t imagine that Danny Etling won’t take the first snaps, but we’re going to let this week play out,” he followed.

On Wednesday afternoon during his weekly post-practice press conference, Miles reiterated the sentiment again.

“We’re going to watch and let things unfold. I would guess that Danny would take the first snap,” he said. “He’s practicing hard. He looks good. He’s doing things that he should be doing.”

Etling replaced Brandon Harris in the second quarter on Saturday against Jacksonville State, where he added 100 passing yards and a touchdown in the quarter. Miles did refrain from naming an official starter, though.

Miles said LSU has “visited” with Harris, LSU's expected backup, this week. Harris may still re-enter to play quarterback in relief of Etling, Miles suggested.

“No closed door to entry in the game,” Miles said on his weekly radio show, “The Les Miles Show.”

No matter the quarterback, Miles says LSU will not adjust its offense to fit either quarterback, specifically.

“No, we’re not going to change our gameplan,” he said. “It’ll be the same no matter who the quarterback is.”

Leonard Fournette ‘expected’ to play Saturday

Miles said he would expect tailback Leonard Fournette to play on Saturday, without officially saying Fournette is good to go.

“He continues to get better and we really want to wait until he’s 100 percent,” Miles said, “and he’s really closing in on that right now. We expect that we may have him for Saturday.”

During the afternoon presser, Miles said Fournette had a “full practice” on Wednesday.

“Nice practice,” Miles said. "I’d guess, full speed ahead."

Fournette suffered a “contusion, a nice bruise,” as Miles called the injury, on a lengthy carry in the fourth quarter against Wisconsin and sat out last week against Jacksonville State.

Miles did not say whether Fournette practiced on Monday or Tuesday. LSU has a walk-through practice Thursday afternoon.

Tiger Blitz Top Stories