WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – With eight games of experience under his belt, Danny Etling is excited to take the field on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Len Dawson, Bob Griese, Mark Herrmann, Drew Brees and Kyle Orton all started a season opener, to be mentioned in the same sentence with those former Boilermakers is an eye-opening experience for Etling.
“It’s a pretty surreal feeling, I guess, when you put it that way. I haven’t really thought about that. Obviously, you’re in the company of a lot of great quarterbacks that have gone to Purdue and been really successful and those are pretty big shoes to fill in that sense. But I think, we have the team here that can really do some things this year and make some noise,” said Etling.
As a freshman he was thrown into the fire and may have been misjudged when it comes to his personality, which he believes is different when he’s on and off the field.
“I’m a little bit different then I am sitting here talking to you. I have two different personalities, on the field and off the field. I’m a little bit more demanding and a little bit more aggressive when it comes to on the field personality. But at the same time, I’m a lot more laid back once I get off the field. I’m pretty relaxed and a laid back kid but on the field I’m pretty aggressive, get things rolling and probably more of a Type A personality then Type B,” said Etling.
With one year of tutelage under his belt, Etling understands the expectations offensive coordinator John Shoop has for him and wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Coach Shoop definitely pushes you, and he doesn’t let you just go with the flow and be relaxed and get comfortable. He pushes you constantly and is always trying to get more out of you, and he doesn’t just let you get comfortable with where you are at. He is always trying to give you more, and more and work you harder. Coach Shoop is so knowledgeable about the game and keeps pushing you to make you better,” said Etling.
He will get his first opportunity to prove that he learned a lot from last season’s mistakes on Saturday against Western Michigan and is ready for the opportunity.
“If you don’t know that game plan and know it inside and out and have it all memorized, then you shouldn’t be getting on the bus or the plane with us when we travel or go to the hotel. If I see something different than what I’ve been preparing for, then I’ll be ready to change that in that sense. I just feel more comfortable going out there and playing in the college football level with a year of experience under my belt,” said Etling.