football

Body of work lands Etling starting job

DannyEtling's"bodyofwork"helpedhimsecurePurdue'sstartingquarterbackjobforthesecondconsecutiveseason,coachessaidMonday.
Fromaturnover-freespringtoanincrediblyproductiveoffseasonintermsofstudyingtheBoilermakers'offenseandopposingdefensestoamostlysteadytrainingcamp,Etlingcontinuedtoshowprogressafterbeingthrownintothefireasatruefreshmanin2013.
Etlinghadsaidhefelthestillhadsomethingtoprovethiscamp,despitestartingsevengameslastseason,becausehedidn'twinagame.Heansweredthecoaches'challengetocompetehard,and,inturn,beatoutAustinAppleby,Hazellsaid.
"Ithinkthebiggestthingiscomingoutofthespring,hewasalittlebitahead,"HazellsaidwhenaskedwhyEtlingwaschosen.
Hazellsaidhesawa"muchmorecomfortable,muchmoreconfident"Etlingduringcamp.ThesophomoreshowcasedabetterknowledgeofnotonlyPurdue'soffensebutinidentifyingdefensesaswell.That'slargelyduetotheamountoftimeEtlingspentworkingalongsidequarterbackscoachandcoordinatorJohnShoopintheoffseasonwhenNCAArulesallowedplayerstogetfilmstudyinwithcoaches.
"Therearesomanythingsthataresohardtolearnandweresohardtolearnlastyear,butthiswholeoffseasonjustgettingtositdownwithCoachShoopasmuchasIcanandhimexplainingeverythingtome(washelpful),"Etlingsaidthissummer."Becauseduringtheseason,thingsaremovingsofastandyou'rejusttryingtogameplan,gameplan,gameplanandputinplays.Intheoffseason,youcankindoftakeabreathandexplainwhyweweredoingeverythingweweredoing.I'vejustreallycomealong,longwaysincelastyearoflearningcoveragesandunderstandingwhatcoveragesareandwhypeoplearecomingandunderstandingeachzonehastobecoveredinsomewayandifitisn't,youcantakeadvantageofit."
Etlingsaidhe'sseeingthegamefasternow,andwhathe'sseeingonthefieldissimilartowhathe'sstartingtoseeinthefilmroom.
"I'mstartingtogrowmorementallyasaplayerandI'mgoingtocontinuetokeepworkingthat,"hesaidMonday.
GettingplayingtimeasarookielastseasonhashelpedEtlingbebetterpreparedfortheloadandpressurehe'llfacethisseason,hesaid.
PartofstudyingandbetterunderstandingdefenseswastotrytospotpotentialblitzesandthenbeingabletoadjusttheprotectionwiththeO-line.PurdueallowedmoresacksthananyotherteamintheBigTenlastseason,andEtlingborethebruntofmostofthatpressure.
Heshowedconsiderabletoughness,though,nevermissingasnapbecauseofinjury.Eventhoughhecouldhave-EtlinghurthisleftshoulderagainstIllinoisandplayedthroughitinthefinaleagainstIndiana.
"Ithink(lastseason)preparesyoualotto-firstoff-getridoftheball,"hesaid,smiling,"but,secondoff,toknowwhattoexpect,togetyourbodyrightintheweightroomfortheseasonandthingslikethat.Soit'sreallyhelpedmeoutintheoffseason.
"It'dhavebeentoughtomaturethewayIhaveanddevelopmygamethewayIhaveifIhadn'tgoneinthereandplayed."
TeammateshavechangesinEtlingsincetheseasonended.
Especiallyinanintangible,butincrediblyimportant,qualityforhisposition:Asaleader.
TherewerepointslastseasoninthehuddlewhenEtlingwasn'tenoughofapresence,wasn'tvocalenough,tocommandtheauthorityneededatthespot.Buthe'sworkingonit,andteammateshavenoticed.
"We'veobviouslyseenhimfromwherehebeganlastyeartotheendoftheyear,thenevenintheoffseason,we'veseenhimmaturequiteabitandtakemoreofaleadershiprole,"tightendJustinSinzsaid."(Thequarterback)needstobetheleaderoftheoffenseandgetthebestoutofthepeoplearoundhim."
DolapoMacarthy,whowasEtling'sroommateinthedormsduringcamp,saidEtlingisaquieterpersonwhowillopenuponcehefeelsmorecomfortablewithothers.Now,afterspendingtwoweekswithhim,Macarthyjoked,hecan'tgetEtlingtoshutup.Butheneedsthattospread.
"WeneedDannytotalkupmoreandspeakmoreandkindofbemoreassertive,"Macarthysaid."That'sapositionthatrequiresthat.Weneedthatfromhim,tostepupalittlebitandtalkmore.Hehasn'tbeendoingabadjob,butheneedstobealittlemoreoutspoken."
Etlingadmitshe'snota"rah-rah"guy,butprefersmoretoleadbyexample.He'slearningtodoboth.Thelatter,he'sdemonstratedconsistentlysincehisarrival,earningrespectwithhisworkethic.
"Asaleader,helooksmuchbetterandhe'sholdinghimselftoahigherstandard,"receiverB.J.KnaufsaidofEtlingthisyearcomparedtolast."Helovesthegame,he'sanutaboutit,andthat'swhatyouneedatthequarterbackposition."
1406601
Copyright,Boilers,Inc.2014.AllRightsReserved.Reproducingorusingeditorialorgraphicalcontent,inwholeorinpart,withoutpermission,isstrictlyprohibited.E-mailGoldandBlack.com/Boilers,Inc.
1406601
1406601
GoldandBlack.com Mobile for your AndroidClick GoldandBlack.com Mobile for your iPhoneClick Here to view this Link. | Here to view this Link.
1406600
1406601
Click Click Here to view this Link. Here to view this Link.
Edit