And then there were two…On Thursday the school officially announced quarterback Danny Elting’s intentions to transfer out of the program after two years in West Lafayette, leaving a three-man battle for the starting position down to two.
“We appreciate all the hard work and dedication that Danny has put into the Purdue program,” head coach Darrell Hazell said. “We wish him nothing but the best in his future both on and off the football field.”
Etling appeared in 13 games for the Boilermakers over the past two seasons, making 12 starts. He passed for 2,490 yards, had a 55.5 completion percentage (238-429) and threw 16 touchdown passes.
Things got off to a promising start for Etling, as he worked his way in to a starters role in his freshman season and put up some promising numbers. He threw for 1,690 yards and completed 55.8 percent of his passes while also throwing for 10 touchdowns to seven interceptions.
It appeared he had the tools there to be a success, but come the next spring and in to fall camp, Purdue’s offense seemed to click better with Austin Appleby as the signal caller behind center.
Etling was relegated to appearing in five games this past season, throwing for 800 yards and just six touchdowns to five interceptions.
As spring ball rolled around this time, Etling seemed to slip further down the depth chart. Not only was Appleby outperforming him, but so was redshirt freshman David Blough. Blough appeared to be nudging ahead in what Hazell was still calling a three-man race for the starting job in the fall.
Still, the writing on the wall appeared to be that Etling’s days as a starter were numbered.
A new home for Etling, who is a native of Terre Haute, Ind. has not been released yet. He’ll need to sit out a year and still will have two years of eligibility left should he transfer within the FBS ranks.