Danny Etling
Free agent
Personal information
Terre Haute, Indiana
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Terre Haute South Vigo
(Terre Haute, Indiana)
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 7 / Pick: 219
Career history
* New England Patriots ( 2018 2019)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (LIII)
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Daniel Patrick Etling (born July 22, 1994) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He played quarterback in college at Purdue and LSU.

High school career[edit | edit source]

Etling quarterbacked the Terre Haute South Vigo High School football team in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was poised for a big senior season after a disappointing junior year where the Braves started 3–0 before losing their final seven games.[1] For his senior year, Etling threw for 1,505 yards and 11 touchdowns.[2]

He is an Eagle Scout.[3]

As a junior, Etling committed to Purdue University on April 17, 2012.[4] He also received football scholarship offers from Colorado and Iowa.[5] When Purdue head coach Danny Hope was fired, Etling stayed verbally committed to Purdue. Once Darrell Hazell was hired, Etling wanted to take the time to speak with Hazell before making a final decision on Purdue.[6] Upon the completion of the first semester of his senior year of high school, Etling fulfilled his graduation requirements and decided to enroll at Purdue for the spring semester.[7]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Danny Etling
Terre Haute, Indiana Terre Haute South Vigo High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.6 Apr 17, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 83
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 40 (QB)   Rivals: 9 (QB), 4 (IN), 167 (National)  ESPN: 12 (QB), 3 (IN), 20 (Midwest)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit | edit source]

Purdue[edit | edit source]

In the preseason of 2013, Etling was in a three-way quarterback battle with Rob Henry and Austin Appleby.[8][9] When Henry was named the starter for the season, Purdue released its depth chart with Appleby listed as the number two quarterback. This led many to believe that Etling would utilize a redshirt.

After the Boilermakers started their 2013 season with an 0–3 record, and with Henry continuing to struggle in the team's fourth game, Etling was thrust into a game with Purdue trailing 27–10 to Northern Illinois.[10] Etling finished the game with 241 yards passing while throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions.[11] During the ensuing week, Etling was named the starter for the Boilermakers against Nebraska.[12] Purdue struggled in Etling's first start, losing 44–7.[13] Overall, Etling appeared in eight games, passing for 1690 yards, ten touchdowns, and seven interceptions, with a 116.1 quarterback rating.[14] The team finished with a 1–11 record.[15]

Going into the 2014 season, Etling was named the starter.[16] However, during the season Etling was moved second on the depth chart, behind Appleby. Etling appeared in five games, passing for 800 yards, six touchdowns, five interceptions, and a 102.5 quarterback rating.[17] Purdue's record for the season was 3–9.[18]

On June 11, 2015, Etling asked for and was granted a release on his scholarship from Purdue.[19]

LSU[edit | edit source]

On June 22, 2015, it was announced that Etling would transfer to Louisiana State University (LSU). Due to NCAA transfer rules, Etling sat out the 2015 season.[20] He served as the starting quarterback for the LSU Tigers during their 2016 and 2017 seasons, playing a total of 24 games. In 2016, the Tigers were 7–4 during the regular season and defeated the Louisville Cardinals in the 2016 Citrus Bowl played on December 31. In 2017, the Tigers had a 9–3 regular season record, and lost to Notre Dame in the 2018 Citrus Bowl played on January 1. Etling passed for a total of 4,586 yards, 27 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and had a quarterback rating of 144.4 in his two seasons with LSU.

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Year Team Games Record Passing Rushing
G GS Comp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rating Att Yards Avg TD
2013 Purdue 8 7 0–7 149 267 55.8 1,690 10 7 116.1 55 -99 -1.8 1
2014 Purdue 5 5 2–3 89 162 54.9 800 6 5 102.5 33 -5 -0.2 3
2016 LSU 11 10 7–3 160 269 59.5 2,123 11 5 135.6 41 46 1.1 1
2017 LSU 13 13 9–4 165 275 60.0 2,463 16 2 153.0 72 128 1.8 2
Career 37 35 18–17 563 973 57.9 7,076 43 19 129.6 201 70 0.3 7

Source: [21]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

New England Patriots[edit | edit source]

Etling was drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh round (219th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[22]

In the Patriots’ first preseason game of the 2018 season, Etling completed two of five passes for 21 yards and no touchdowns. In the final preseason game, Etling went 18-32 for 157 yards with one touchdown pass and two interceptions. He also ran for 113 yards on seven carries, including an 86-yard touchdown run. Etling holds the record for longest quarterback run in Patriots preseason history.

On September 1, 2018, Etling was waived by the Patriots and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[23][24] Etling won Super Bowl LIII with the Patriots when they defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on February 5, 2019.[25]

At the start of the 2019 season's training camp, Etling transitioned to the wide receiver position.[26] He was waived on August 13, 2019.[27]

Atlanta Falcons[edit | edit source]

On August 14, 2019, Etling was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Falcons.[28] He no longer was making the transition to wide receiver and switched back to full time quarterback. He was released during final roster cuts on August 31, 2019.[29]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "High school football practice began Monday in Indiana". www.tribstar.com. Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.. July 31, 2012. http://www.tribstar.com/highschoolsports/x1962235277/High-school-football-practice-began-Monday-in-Indiana. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  2. Hescox, Alexa (February 6, 2013). "National Signing Day:A Look At The Top 20 QB Recruits". DeBartolo Sports University. http://debartolosportsu.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/national-signing-day-a-look-at-the-top-20-qb-recruits/.
  3. New England Patriots Telecast, Boston Channel 4, August 16, 2018.
  4. "Danny Etling". www.rivals.com. Yahoo!. https://sports.yahoo.com/footballrecruiting/football/recruiting/player-Danny-Etling-129322;_ylt=Ap_fHirx1h.Oqrm_PUseFTXwOrF_. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  5. "Danny Etling". www.espn.go.com. ESPN Internet Ventures.. http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/player/_/id/157928/danny-etling. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  6. Carmin, Mike (December 5, 2012). "Purdue hires Darrell Hazell from Kent State". Indianapolis Star. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2012/12/05/purdue-hires-football-coach-darrell-hazell-kent-state/1748127/.
  7. Carey, Jack (May 2, 2013). "College football early enrollees set another record". Indianapolis Star. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/05/02/purdue-danny-etling-college-football-early-enrollment/2110675/.
  8. Ryan, Shannon. "Purdue sets deadline to pick QB" (in en-US). https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/ct-xpm-2013-07-24-chi-purdue-to-pick-qb-in-two-weeks-20130724-story.html.
  9. Flores, Andy. "Five observations from Day One of Purdue football's fall camp" (in en). https://www.purdueexponent.org/sports/article_8fcd99c0-fc62-11e2-81cd-0019bb30f31a.html.
  10. Sean Morrison (September 28, 2013). "Etling enters, NIU leads Purdue 27-10 at half". www.journalgazette.net. www.journalgazette.net. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. https://web.archive.org/web/20131203042133/http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20130928/BLOGS10/130929368. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  11. Mike Carmin (September 28, 2013). "Purdue football: Danny Etling makes debut in 55-24 loss to Northern Illinois". www.indystar.com. Indianapolis Star. http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/college/purdue/2013/09/28/purdue-football-danny-etling-makes-debut-in-55-24-loss-to-northern-illinois/2888329/. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  12. "Danny Etling named starting quarterback at Purdue". www.usatoday.com. Gannett. October 2, 2013. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/bigten/2013/10/02/danny-etling-named-starting-quarterback-at-purdue/2911565/. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  13. Sean Morrison (October 12, 2013). "Nebraska trounces Purdue". www.journalgazette.net. Journal Gazette. Archived from the original on January 1, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140101202729/http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20131012/BLOGS10/131019820/0/BLOGS. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  14. "Danny Etling 2013 Game Log" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/danny-etling-1/gamelog/2013.
  15. "2013 Purdue Boilermakers Schedule and Results" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/purdue/2013-schedule.html.
  16. "Purdue picks Etling over Appleby as starting QB" (in en). https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2014/08/18/purdue-picks-etling-over-appleby-as-starting-qb/14240433/.
  17. "Danny Etling 2014 Game Log" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/danny-etling-1/gamelog/2014.
  18. "2014 Purdue Boilermakers Schedule and Results" (in en). https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/purdue/2014-schedule.html.
  19. "Etling released from Purdue". http://www.purdueexponent.org/sports/article_fde8bcdc-1079-11e5-b0f2-7b66577ca375.html.
  20. Higgins, Ron (June 22, 2015). "Former Purdue QB Danny Etling transferring to LSU, but must sit out the 2015 season". http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2015/06/report_says_former_purdue_quar.html. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  21. "Danny Etling". www.sports-reference.com. USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/danny-etling-1.html. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  22. Teope, Herbie (April 28, 2018). "Patriots select LSU QB Danny Etling in seventh round". http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000930120/article/patriots-select-lsu-qb-danny-etling-in-seventh-round.
  23. "Patriots Announce Roster Cutdown". September 1, 2018. https://www.patriots.com/news/patriots-make-cutdown-to-53-man-roster.
  24. "Patriots Sign Eight to the Practice Squad; Place TE Ryan Izzo on Injured Reserve". September 2, 2018. https://www.patriots.com/news/patriots-sign-eight-to-the-practice-squad-place-te-ryan-izzo-on-injured-reserve.
  25. Kyed, Doug (February 5, 2019). "Patriots Sign Eight Of 10 Practice Squad Players To Future Contracts". https://nesn.com/2019/02/patriots-sign-eight-of-10-practice-squad-players-to-future-contracts/.
  26. Yang, Nicole (July 25, 2019). "Patriots move Danny Etling to wide receiver". https://www.boston.com/sports/new-england-patriots/2019/07/25/danny-etling-wide-receiver.
  27. Gantt, Darin (August 13, 2019). "Patriots waive Danny Etling". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/08/13/patriots-waive-danny-etling/.
  28. McFadden, Will (August 14, 2019). "Falcons claim Danny Etling off of waivers". https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/falcons-claim-danny-etling-off-of-waivers.
  29. Alper, Josh. "Danny Etling among cuts in Atlanta". https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/08/31/danny-etling-among-cuts-in-atlanta/. Retrieved August 31, 2019.

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