Two games into the season, many LSU fans believe the team has found an upgrade at quarterback in Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow.
Brad Nessler doesn’t share their thinking.
In a story published by AL.com, the SEC on CBS play-by-play man didn’t seem too high on Burrow, especially not for this Saturday’s game at Auburn.
“Neither team is going to give up a lot on the ground,” Nessler said. “I think the quarterbacks really come into play, and, in this case, Auburn, obviously, has the better quarterback right now.
“I’m not trying to put Joe Burrow down, but when I watch film of LSU, I see Danny Etling with a different number. It’s just another Ohio State transfer that can kind of manage the game.”
Nessler did acknowledge Etling’s performance in last year’s game against Auburn, when the LSU signal-caller completed 13 of 24 passes for 206 yards and a score. LSU rallied from a 20-point deficit to stun No. 10 Auburn at home.
Against then-No. 11 Miami and Southeastern Louisiana, Burrow has completed just 47.7 percent of his passes for two touchdowns, no interceptions and 145.5 yards per game. Compare that with Etling, who from 2016-17 compiled a 59.7 completion percentage, 27 touchdowns, seven picks and 191.1 yards per game.
Nessler has a special insight into such matters given his proximity to the game, coaches and players, but we’ll see if Burrow can prove him wrong when No. 12 LSU travels to face No. 7 Auburn at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.