Fournette sat out with an ankle injury as a precaustion and is expected to play against Mississippi State.
If Etling can get on the same page with wideouts Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre, perhaps the Tigers can more consistently make some plays downfield and then let Fournette loose.
LSU got off to a very slow start gaining just 12 total yards in the 1st quarter. Last weekend the Zips threw for 425 yards in their 47-24 win over Football Championship Subdivision opponent VMI, spreading the ball around to eight different targets behind the six touchdown passes of quarterback Thomas Woodson.
But Harris came up small (two interceptions) in an opening 16-14 loss to Wisconsin, and Miles delivered the hook after Harris presided over a scoreless first quarter Saturday. Hill answered with a third down strike of his own, this one to Taj Williams in the corner of the end zone from 13 yards out.
High hopes and expectations filled the state in 2016 largely in part because the Tigers having arguably their most talented team in many years.
To prove timing is indeed everything, we can offer Jacksonville State's loss to LSU Saturday night as Exhibit A. Lightning in the area delayed the kickoff for LSU's home opener against Jacksonville State on September 10, 2016. Etling will start Saturday when the Tigers (1-1) host Mississippi State (1-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) at 6 p.m.in Tiger Stadium. Getting booed off of the field at his home stadium is the kind of the psyche-damaging event that could have long-term effects.
Of passes thrown more than ten yards, Harris went four of 11. "I think they did it for me tonight", Etling said. "Depends on how the quarterback competition plays out".
There's only so much Leonard Fournette can do, and we saw that in the LSU Tigers' matchup with the Wisconsin Badgers.
JSU's Desmond Owino blocked Colby Delahoussaye's PAT attempt, and LSU held a 6-3 lead with 12:21 remaining in the second period. Inside linebacker Jack Cichy and Ryan Connelly - both former walk-ons - were among the leaders in tacklers last week. Last week was tough sledding versus the LSU front seven and this week could be more of the same.
Defensive breakdowns: The LSU defense has allowed only 29 points through two games under defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, but a few defensive lapses have led to big plays, especially against Jacksonville State. Derrius Guice ran for 155 yards and a touchdown against Jacksonville State.
A 44-yard Guice draw - another of those fatal big plays - set up a two-yard touchdown run by Bry'Kiethon Mouton. "Put us in a position to win the game". Harris completed just 1-of-4 passing for a measly 8 yards and was replaced by Etling with LSU down 3-0 in the second quarter. (The NCAA's insistence on counting sacks against rushing yards makes that number silly, but the point remains that Etling's no ground threat.) Harris isn't exactly Michael Vick, but he's perfectly mobile and has ripped off some explosive runs over the years. It nearly feels like a sense of inevitability that at some point they expect him back on the field in a crucial moment. Like the list of those he follows on Twitter, a list that includes a wide cross section of teammates and LSU assistant coaches, media types, Donald Trump and Leonardo DiCaprio.