WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The decision on a starting quarterback took longer than Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell expected, but he named sophomore Danny Etling the guy Monday morning.
Etling played in eight games in 2013, starting the final seven games of the season. Hazell said Etling was ahead of the other quarterbacks, and namely his main competition Austin Appleby, coming out of spring ball.
“You know they both played extremely well for the first two weeks. And I think the biggest thing you know is coming out of the spring he (Etling) was a little bit ahead,” said Hazell. “I thought that Austin did a great job of closing the gap.”
As a freshman Etling threw for 1,690 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
“You don’t try to think too much about the decision but obviously you’re happy to be the starter, you’re happy to be the guy,” said Etling.
Purdue offensive coordinator John Shoop says Etling’s performance in last Saturday’s Jersey Scrimmage was a factor in the decision.
“He’s got a good body of work from the spring, from training camp. And then on Saturday he got us in the end zone a number of times,” said Shoop. “But both guys had production the other day. And they both were playing at a pretty high level.”
The team did its first scout team work, just 12 days ahead of the season opener against Western Michigan.
The team will be back on the practice field Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. ET. The session will be held at the Bimel Practice Complex, weather permitting, and is open to the public.