Danny Etling cautions against getting too hyped up for Alabama game
LSU quarterback Danny Etling is aware of the six-game losing streak for his program against Alabama. But it’s not something he includes in preparation for this week’s game in Tuscaloosa.
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Etling, who will play his second game against the Crimson Tide on Saturday night on CBS, said he’s tried to treat this week just about like any other.
“I don’t really feel too much more pressure any other week we play,” he said in a video posted by NOLA.com while speaking with reporters. “Obviously we’re playing a great team, and I respect them as much as you can respect a team and you realize how much of a challenge it is to play a team like this. You can’t try and get too much into the storyline or do too much of something extra that you don’t normally do, because then you stop playing outside your comfort zone, then you stop making decisions other than in the best interest of the team and having reasons for your decisions. So that’s kind of the the reason I’m trying to treat this game the same way.”
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Etling was 11-for-24 last year against Alabama for 92 yards with one interception in the 10-0 loss.
Etling shrugged off the notion of him having a breakout game against Alabama and said that he would do whatever it takes to win, whether it be throwing for a lot of yards, or changing the play to a run. He also didn’t admit to wanting to have a bigger game against the Crimson Tide, as opposed to any other opponent. Etling said he only watched more film on Alabama because of LSU having a bye week last week.
“I don’t really focus on which stage or what I’m doing as long as I’m doing the right thing for the team, doing my job on every single play, and everything else just kind of takes care of itself,” Etling said. “It’d be great to have a big night against any team. Really it is just focusing in on treating this game just like it’s any other game. Trying to have the same preparation and not get too high, get too low and focus on making the right decisions.”
While the Alabama game in primetime on CBS is a large stage, Etling cautioned against getting “too gassed up” and trying to make something happen when it’s not there.
“It’s a big deal,” he said. “Sometimes people can look at them and get intimidated, or make it seem bigger than it really is, where at the end of the day you’ve just got to go out there and you have to play football.”