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SEC names LSU quarterback Danny Etling football scholar-athlete of the year for 2017

SEC names LSU quarterback Danny Etling football scholar-athlete of the year for 2017

Danny Etling is the football scholar-athlete of the year in the SEC, the league announced Wednesday.

The LSU quarterback graduated in May 2017 with a 3.72 grade point average and a degree in mass communications. He was elected Vice Chair of the SEC Football Leadership Council and is a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.

Etling is the second LSU player to win the 15-year history of the league's football scholar-athlete of the year award. He joins former Tigers' center Rudy Niswanger, the 2005 winner, who also went on to win the league's McWhorter Award as the SEC's Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in all sports.

As a fifth-year senior in his third year with the team after his transfer from Purdue, Etling threw for 2,234 yards and 14 touchdowns in 12 regular season games. LSU plays Jan. 1 in the Citrus Bowl against Notre Dame.

Etling is 16-6 as a starter in his 22 consecutive starts, the fifth longest streak in LSU history. With his LSU-best 347 passing yards in the Tigers' 45-21 victory over Texas A&M in the regular-season finale, Etling became the fifth LSU QB in history to have consecutive 2,000-yard seasons.

Etling won one of seven individual awards announced Wednesday and as voted on by the league's head coaches.

Included among those were Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson as the offensive player of the year, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith as the defensive player of the year and Georgia's Kirby Smart as the coach of the year.

Here's a full list of SEC postseason individual award winners:

Offensive Player Of The Year: Kerryon Johnson, Auburn
Defensive Player of the Year: Roquan Smith, Georgia
Special Teams Player of the Year: Daniel Carlson, Auburn
Freshman of the Year: Jake Fromm, Georgia
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Danny Etling, LSU
Jacobs Blocking Trophy: Braden Smith, Auburn
Coach of the Year: Kirby Smart, Georgia