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Hashing through LSU’s coaching announcements, subsequent recruiting news

Ed Orgeron will be LSU’s football coaching moving forward, Athletic Director Joe Alleva announced Saturday after a week-long whirlwind of rumors linked Jimbo Fisher and Tom Herman to the position.

And within just four days, the subsequent news and developments have given fans little opportunity to catch their breath.

Most notably and anticipated, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will remain on board — with a pay raise and extension at that — while the Tigers have parted ways with special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto.

A pair of prospects with longstanding relationships with Orgeron took steps away from LSU.

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LSU, Danny Etling face more challenging, indicative litmus test at Auburn | Podcast

LSU could still continue its rebound and enter November’s showdown with Alabama on a long winning streak and looking much different that the squad that lost its season opener.

But the Tigers could just as likely stumble again. And again. And again. To a four- or five-loss season.

Saturday at Auburn will be the best indicator yet as to which direction coach Les Miles and company will go.

The performance of new quarterback Danny Etling, who earned his first start this past Saturday against Mississippi State, has been encouraging.

But, if history is any indication, the odds his and his team’s success continues on the road this weekend aren’t exactly through the roof.

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LSU turns to Danny Etling: Will QB change bring stabilizing force or more trouble? | Podcast

Danny Etling provided LSU an undeniable spark in the second quarter of an eventual 34-13 rout of Jacksonville State.

But the junior transfer turned the ball over twice and went 0-for-6 during a second half that re-raised questions for a fan base that had just emphatically applauded what appeared to be answers.

So what lies ahead for the Les Miles and the Tigers — particularly at the quarterback position?

Jerit Roser and Mark Clements discuss their expectations in the podcast below.

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

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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.

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Once-shy LSU QB Lindsey Scott Jr. brings character, media savvy to the Tigers as freshman

Lindsey Scott’s meteoric rise to unseen peaks this winter left in his wake a trail of not only frustrated opponents, but a growing number of cameras.

Jerit Roser and Lindsey Scott discuss work ethic, diet and character.

Jerit Roser and Lindsey Scott caught up before the now-former Zachary star enrolled at LSU to discuss his work ethic, diet and character. (Jerit Roser)

As talented as some of those defenses may have been, there’s little question the latter would’ve been a more daunting proposal to his younger self.

But the once undersized and quiet quarterback found, with his stride, his swagger en route to becoming not only a heralded leader, but a media darling now beginning his first preseason camp at LSU.

“It’s funny because some of my teammates and my classmates, when they think of me, they jump straight to 11th grade when things kind of started to get up and running,” says Scott, who graduated this May after leading Zachary to its first state championship in December. “But people like (lineman) Trevor Jackson — Trevor knew me when I was really little — they know that in middle school I was really shy.

“It was always easy with my friends and stuff, but meeting new people — and don’t even get me started on girls. I couldn’t walk up to girls and talk to ’em. Me and my friends would be walking in the mall or something, and I’d say something like, ‘Oh, that girl’s cute.’ And they’d say, ‘Oh, go talk to her.’ And I was kind of like, ‘Don’t even worry about all that.”

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