Check out how Danny Etling’s debut compares to past LSU quarterback performances

The apparent Danny Etling era of LSU football began Saturday in grand fashion before running into some of its own second-half shortcomings.

Les Miles, Cam Cameron and company pulled starting quarterback Brandon Harris in favor of the transfer from Purdue in the opening seconds of an eventual 34-13 rout of visiting Jacksonville State.

The Tigers trailed the Gamecocks, 3-0, at the time, but promptly rattled off 34 of the game’s next 41 points.

Etling passed on five of his first six downs — going 3-for-5 in the process — and completed a 46-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end DeSean Smith for a 6-3 lead and both players’ first career touchdowns.

The junior certainly wasn’t perfect in his debut, though.

Etling went on to finish 6-for-14 for 100 yards, one passing touchdown, one 2-yard scoring run and two turnovers in his first action for LSU, including a tough second-half stretch that saw an interception,  a lost fumble and a stretch of four consecutive incompletions.

Here’s a look at all LSU quarterbacks’ first notable action and first starts since JaMarcus Russell’s injury late in the 2006 season and subsequent departure for the NFL.

DANNY ETLING

First notable action
vs. Jacksonville State (Sept. 10, 2016)
Passing: 6-for-14, 100 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. Rushing: 3 for 12 yards, 1 TD.

BRANDON HARRIS

First notable action
vs. New Mexico State (Sept. 27, 2014)
Passing: 11-for-14, 178 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT. Rushing: 5 for 36 yards.

First career start
at Auburn (Oct. 4 2014)
Passing: 3-for-14, 58 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. Rushing: 8 for 46 yards.

Career stats (thus far)
Passing: 187-for-347, 2,756 yards, 20 TDs, 10 INTS. Rushing: 97 for 370 yards, 7 TDs.

ANTHONY JENNINGS

First notable action
vs. Arkansas (Nov. 29, 2013)
Passing: 4-for-7, 76 yards, 1 TD (game-winner), 0 INT. Rushing: 3 for 26 yards.

First career start
vs. Iowa (Jan. 1, 2014) (Outback Bowl)
Passing: 7-for-19, 82 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT. Rushing: 5 for -31 yards.

Career stats (24 games, 13 starts)
Passing: 124-for-256, 1,792 yards, 12 TDs, 8 INTs. Rushing: 127 for 310 yards, 1 TD.

ZACH METTENBERGER

First notable action
vs. Northwestern State (Sept. 10, 2011)
Passing: 8-for-11, 92 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT. Rushing: 1 for 3 yards.

First career start
vs. North Texas (Sept. 1, 2012)
Passing: 19-for-26, 192 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. Rushing: 2 for -25 yards.

Career stats (30 games, 25 starts)
Passing: 407-for-659, 5,783 yards, 35 TDs, 15 INTs. Rushing: 83 for -313.

JORDAN JEFFERSON

First notable action
vs. Troy (Nov. 15, 2008)
Passing: 1-for-6, 5 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. Rushing: 7 for 17 yards.

vs. Ole Miss (Nov. 22, 2008)
Passing: 10-for-20, 129 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. Rushing: 10 for 23 yards.

First career start
at Arkansas (Nov. 28, 2008)
Passing: 9-for-21, 143 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT. Rushing: 19 for 50 yards.

Career stats (42 games, 32 starts)
Passing: 398-for-678, 4,733 yards, 34 TDs, 20 INTs; Rushing: 359 for 1,018 yards, 12 TDs.

JARRETT LEE

First notable action
vs. Appalachian State (Aug. 30, 2008)
Passing: 6-for-10, 116 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT. Rushing: 0 for 0 yards.

First three games of 2008 (Aug. 30 – Sept. 20)
Passing: 27-for-50, 382 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs. Rushing 0 for 0 yards.

First career start
vs. Mississippi State (Sept. 27, 2008)
Passing: 18-for-27, 261 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT. Rushing: 1 for -20 yards.

Career stats (43 games, 18 starts)
Passing: 317-for-565, 3,949 yards, 32 TDs, 21 INTs. Rushing: 30 for -181 yards.

ANDREW HATCH

Only pre-start action
vs. Middle Tennessee (Sept. 15, 2007)
Passing: 1-for-2, 9 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. Rushing: 4 for 27 yards.

First career start
vs. Appalachian State (Aug. 30, 2008)
Passing: 7-for-14, 77 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT. Rushing: 7 for 43 yards.

Career stats (7 games, 3 starts)
Passing: 26-for-47, 286 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT. Rushing: 39 for 156, 2 TDs.

RYAN PERRILLOUX

First notable action
at Mississippi State (Aug. 30, 2007)
Passing: 2-for-3, 21 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT. Rushing: 3 for 12 yards, 1 TD.

First career start
vs. Middle Tennessee (Sept. 15, 2007)
Passing: 20-for-25, 298 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT. Rushing: 8 for 37 yards.

Career stats (12 games, 2 starts)
Passing: 52-for-79, 704 yards, 8 TDs, 2 INTs; Rushing: 55 for 223 yards, 2 TDs.

MATT FLYNN

First notable action
at Mississippi State (Oct. 1, 2005)
Passing: 2-for-4, 25 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT. Rushing: 0 for 0 yards.

vs. Georgia (Dec. 3, 2005) (SEC championship)
Passing: 3-for-11, 36 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. Rushing: 4 for 1 yard.

First career start
vs. Miami (Dec. 30, 2005) (Peach Bowl)
Passing: 13-for-22, 196 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT. Rushing: 5 for 39 yards.

Career stats (49 games, 13 starts)
Passing: 254-for-437, 3,096 yards, 31 TDs, 14 INTs. Rushing: 128 for 341 yards, 5 TDs.

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Jerit Roser can be reached at Jerit@DatBoot.com.



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