05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Titans' picks: Round 6/178 - Zach Mettenberger, QB, 6-5, 224, Louisiana State...When Mettenberger tumbled into the sixth round because of character and injury issues, the Titans spent their seventh-round pick to move up to obtain him. Mettenberger fits the mold of quarterback that Ken Whisenhunt likes (big, strong-armed pocket passer) and could be the quarterback of the future if Jake Locker doesn't pan out in a make-or-break season. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/2014 - After years of dodging players with character questions - having been burned by the Pacman Jones fiasco - the Titans took a couple of players with police blotter incidents on their record. The Titans made LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger their final pick, trading up in the sixth round to draft him. Mettenberger is regarded as a top talent in the draft, but a sexual assault guilty plea from his freshman year at the University of Georgia, was hanging over his head, as was a question about a drug sample at the combine. That, coupled with an ACL injury, and the Titans are rolling the dice on a first-or second-round talent that fell all the way to the 178th pick.
"The jury is still out on me," Mettenberger said. "I am going to do everything I can to prove everyone wrong that I am a great player and a great person. More importantly, that I am a great person. I really want to show that to everyone." Titans general manager Ruston Webster said he assessed Mettenberger's situation thoroughly before making the selection. "He made a mistake, he admitted to the mistake and he moved on," Webster said. "I know a lot of people at LSU because that was my area for it seems like forever. I probably went to LSU three times every year. I know people all over that place there so I had a pretty good feel for it." - The Sports Xchange
05/07/2014 - Mettenberger, Jernigan among combine red flags...Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger were among more than 10 prospects who were red flagged to NFL teams as having failed drug tests at the Scouting Combine for either testing positive for a banned substance or having a diluted urine sample, according to FOX Sports. Jernigan is the No. 24 overall prospect and No. 3-rated defensive tackle in the 2014 class by NFLDraftScout.com, and is projected as a first-round pick. He's viewed as a rare athlete for his size who can shed blocks and penetrate the backfield. Jernigan's agent, Sunny Shah, declined comment when contacted by FOX Sports.
Mettenberger is projected as a third- to fourth-round pick. His agent, Joe Linta, confirmed that Mettenberger was found to have a diluted sample, but that it was due to treatment for cramping. Linta provided a letter from a doctor at the time that outlined the course of treatment. "The kid didn't do anything wrong," Linta said. "He was doing what the doctor told him to do." Earlier Monday, Miami offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson was identified as having tested positive for marijuana at the combine. LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson and Florida State linebackers Telvin Smith and Christian Jones were other players identified in the FOX Sports report. Players who tested positive at the combine would be subject to the league's drug program. - The Sports Xchange
05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on Oakland's draft radar...QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU: After the Carson Palmer and Matt Flynn experiments didn't work out too well in Oakland, how will the Schaub era go? Without him even taking a snap yet in black and silver, the Raiders should address the quarterback position at some point in the draft. Last year Oakland drafted an SEC quarterback in the fourth round (Tyler Wilson) who couldn't even make the roster, but Mettenberger is a different breed of SEC quarterback. He is a traditional drop-back passer with a lot of under-center snaps and impressive NFL throws on his r??sum??. Mettenberger shows elite arm strength to drive it with ease anywhere he wants on the field. He isn't a bad athlete, but his naturally slow feet are a concern, appearing clunky when trying to escape pressure and struggling to reset and deliver. Mettenberger has steadily shown an improved feel for the position with more reps and his confidence was boosted by success, but it also plummeted with mistakes. He has NFL size and arm strength and has flashed the improved decision-making and anticipation to be a potential starter in the NFL, although he's still developing mentally and his psyche will need to be massaged some. Mettenberger would be a logical pick in the third round for Oakland. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
05/07/2014 - LSU QB Zach Mettenberger red-flagged for bad back?...Already under the microscope for character questions and doubts about his maturity, LSU fifth-year senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger was dented twice this week and could be shaping up as a risky pick even in the middle rounds. Mettenberger's drug test sample at the NFL Scouting Combine was diluted. The results raise a pre-existing red flag with Mettenberger, with whom evaluators already had concern about past recreational drug use. Wednesday, NFL Network reported the test wasn't the only bad news for the LSU quarterback. Mettenberger was flagged medically for spondylolysis, a back condition that is essentially multiple microfractures treatable without surgery. According to LSU, the condition was never problematic -- at practice or in a game -- and much of the potential for concern could be alleviated by adjustments in throwing mechanics. As a singular worry for scouts and GMs, spondylolysis would not sink Mettenberger's ship.
But here's what NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler said about him before this week's double whammy: He isn't a bad athlete, but his naturally slow feet are a concern, appearing clunky when trying to escape pressure and struggling to reset and deliver. Mettenberger has steadily shown an improved feel for the position with more reps and his confidence was boosted by success, but it also plummeted with mistakes. He has the NFL size and arm strength and has flashed the improved decision-making and anticipation to be a potential starter in the NFL - still developing and has the psyche that needs to be massaged some. The ACL injury and maturity concerns are red flags and potentially damaging to his draft stock, but his natural traits will likely put him in the 2nd-3rd round range, close to my grade of 3rd-4th round. - The Sports Xchange
05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Zach Mettenberger, LSU, 6-5, 224, 5.18...Strong arm and NFL-style experience under offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. There are concerns about character, conditioning, slow feet and he is coming off ACL injury. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Arizona's draft radar: QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU: Carson Palmer is the Cardinals starting quarterback, at least for the 2014 season, but the long-term vision for the position is a question mark, leading many to believe that Arizona will target a passer at some point. And Mettenberger fits the perceived picture of what Bruce Arians wants at the position: a well built, strong-armed quarterback who can be molded. The former LSU quarterback is every bit a traditional, drop-back passer and has shown the elite arm strength to make every NFL throw and drive it with ease. Mettenberger's slow feet, inconsistent accuracy, off-field issues and ACL injury are why he'll still be available in the 2nd or 3rd round, but the natural traits make him worth drafting and developing and Arizona would be a great fit, not only for the Cardinals, but also for Mettenberger. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/09/2014 - Wearing an LSU helmet, shoulder pads and a yellow practice jersey, Zach Mettenberger took a mock snap and rolled hard to his right, rifling passes to former LSU receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Less than four months after reconstructive left knee surgery, Mettenberger came away from LSU's pro day looking a lot like the quarterback who racked up 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. "That was one of the biggest things we wanted to show," Mettenberger said after Wednesday's workout, which was viewed by numerous NFL personnel. "Just my knee health and mobility was a lot in question. I was able to roll out and throw accurate balls with something behind them. "It was fun. I've been saying for a couple weeks now that I was healthy and good enough to go and I don't think all of y'all believed me," Mettenberger added. "The biggest thing I wanted to do is show that I could go out there, take an explosive drop and throw down field like everyone knows I can."
Mettenberger's college career ended as he unloaded a 32-yard completion to Landry during LSU's regular season finale against Arkansas on Nov. 29. Taking a hit as he threw, Mettenberger tore his anterior cruciate ligament and sprained his medial collateral ligament. Doctors gave the latter injury time to heal before repairing the ACL in January with a piece of Mettenberger's hamstring. LSU head athletic trainer Jack Marucci said that while ACL repairs have traditionally been performed using a piece of the patient's patellar tendon, LSU and the Tigers' orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Brent Bankston, have had a lot of success using hamstrings for more than a decade. Marucci mentioned a host of other LSU players who've had the same procedure and returned quickly to training, including running backs Stevan Ridley and Joseph Addai. - AP Sports
04/09/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: LSU's Zach Mettenberger rusty but recovering...Zach Mettenberger underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL just a few months ago. On Wednesday, he wowed scouts with his quick recovery, donning shoulder pads and a helmet to throw dozens of passes during a Pro Day workout in front of representatives from every NFL team. The workout, which was orchestrated by former Miami Dolphins head coach and Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator Cam Cameron (who now serves as LSU's OC), wasn't an easy one, I'm told. While Mettenberger elected not to compete in measureable drills, he surprised onlookers with his willingness to throw while on the move, completing several passes after rolling to his right.
The 6-foot-4, 229 pound Mettenberger boasts impressive arm strength, though he clearly tired as the workout went on. His accuracy wasn't ideal either, especially on shorter passes. Given the fact that his injury took place in LSU's final regular season game, however, the fact that he's advanced enough to compete at all likely endeared him to some of the big names who attended the workout, including head coaches Chip Kelly (Eagles), Sean Payton (Saints), Rex Ryan (Jets), Mike Tomlin (Steelers) and Mike Zimmer (Vikings). A number of general managers were also on hand including Ruston Webster of the Titans, Jerry Reese of the Giants, Rick Spielman of the Vikings and Mickey Loomis of the Saints. Mettenberger reportedly met with representatives of the Oakland Raiders last night and has plans to visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions next. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC HONORABLE MENTION: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU, 6-5, 235, Sr,...Mettenberger leads the SEC and ranks third nationally in passing efficiency at 171.4, and he also led the conference in passing yards per completion at 16.1. He ranks third in the league in passing yards with 3,082, becoming the third quarterback in LSU history to cross the 3,000-yard plateau in a season, joining Rohan Davey and JaMarcus Russell. Mettenberger finished the season 192-of-296 passing for 3,082 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. - LSU football
12/04/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Torn ACL could push Mettenberger into second day...According to multiple reports, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger suffered a torn ACL in his left knee against Arkansas November 30, ending his collegiate career on a sour note. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound gunslinger certainly boasts the physical skills to continue his career in the NFL but the injury, as well as his upcoming surgery and rehabilition will play a significant role in determining Mettenberger's final draft status.
Prior to the injury Mettenberger ranked as a potential first round pick, coming in second behind Fresno State's Derek Carr on NFLDraftScout.com's board among seniors. The strong-armed Mettenberger made significant strides this season under LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who brought a pro-style attack to the Tigers. Demonstrating greater decision-making in his second season as LSU's starter, Mettenberger passed for 3,082 yards and an impressive 22-8 touchdown to interception ratio.
Scouts love Mettenberger's arm strength, size and the steady improvements he's made while facing SEC competition. They are also high on Mettenberger's willingness to make the difficult throws into coverage, demonstrating the confidence in his own ability to make clutch throws in critical situations. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/04/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Torn ACL could push Mettenberger into second day...Physically-speaking, Mettenberger has earned comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco. Unfortunately, while his size and arm talent warrant these comparisons, the LSU standout is also a relatively immobile -- and that, of course, was prior to his sustaining the serious knee injury. Mettenberger has enough quality tape that scouts won't necessarily need to see him compete at the Scouting Combine in February or during a Pro Day workout prior to May's draft to give him a high grade. NFL teams will want to see evidence that he's recovering from surgery to repair the torn ligament, however.
The concern will be whether Mettenberger will be able to participate in rookie mini camps and training camp prior to next season. If unable to do so, the team that drafts may be forced to give Mettenberger a "redshirt" rookie season in the NFL, as he'll have little time to develop the on-field rapport with his new teammates critical to taking over as a club's starting quarterback. As such, while scouts see Mettenberger as a potential first round talent, clubs may be unwilling to pull the trigger on him until the second or even third round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/04/2013 - According to an ESPN report late Tuesday, LSU senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger has a torn ACL and will not play in the Tigers' bowl game. Mettenberger was injured late in the fourth quarter of Friday's 31-27 win against Arkansas. He was seen after the game on crutches with an ice pack on his knee. The Watkinsville, Ga. native has 22 touchdown passes and season passer rating of 171.4 and became only the third Tiger quarterback to surpass 3,000 passing yards when he reached the milestone against the Razorbacks. - Chandler Rome, LSU The Reveille
12/04/2013 - Report: LSU QB Mettenberger out with torn ACL...LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger will not play in the Tigers' upcoming bowl game after being diagnosed with a torn ACL, according to a report from ESPN.com. Mettenberger was injured late in the Tigers' 31-27 win over Arkansas on Saturday. The senior quarterback -- and NFL Draft prospect -- hurt his left knee in the fourth quarter when he was hit after releasing a pass. He was helped off the field by trainers and was on crutches after the game. Mettenberger wears a brace on the left knee, but he denied in October that there were any structural problems.
After the injury, Anthony Jennings -- who will likely start in Mettenberger's absence in LSU's finale -- led the Tigers on a 99-yard game-winning drive against the Razorbacks, including the game-winning 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural. Mettenberger finishes his senior season with 3,082 passing yards and 22 touchdowns against 8 interceptions for the 9-3 Tigers. - CBSSports.com
12/04/2013 - LSU has announced that Zach Mettenberger's playing career with the Tigers is officially over. Mettenberger injured his left knee while unloading a 32-yard completion in the fourth quarter of No. 14 LSU's 31-27 victory over Arkansas last Friday, and LSU coach Les Miles confirmed the severity of the injury on Wednesday. Shortly after Friday's game, Miles initially expressed hope that Mettenberger's injury did not involve any torn ligaments and that he'd be ready to return for a bowl game that the Tigers will likely play in January, depending on the bowl bid they accept this Sunday.
Instead, Mettenberger will require surgery and his rehabilitation will take place when he would have been preparing for next spring's NFL draft. "We are very disappointed for Zach," Miles, who is on a recruiting trip, said in a written statement provided by LSU. "He's been a tremendous leader for our team and he's as a competitive a guy as I have ever been around. He's had a great impact on our program. "I know Zach will work extremely hard to rehabilitate his knee and I don't anticipate this injury having any impact on what should be a great future in the NFL," Miles added.
Mettenberger had been widely projected as an early round draft choice. He passed for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, getting within 266 yards of breaking Rohan Davey's 2001 LSU record for yards passing in a season. - AP Sports
11/11/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Alabama's McCarron outduels LSU's Mettenberger...Virtually all of LSU's playmakers, on the other hand, are at least three years removed from high school, making Saturday night's showdown against Nick Saban's defense as important a test as any collegiate game they'll ever play. Mettenberger's numbers were comparable to McCarron in every way except the one that mattered most. While LSU's senior completed more passes for more yardage (16/23 for 241 yards), he only threw one touchdown.
Frankly, Mettenberger's performance Saturday night was a microcosm of his career with the Tigers. More than any other quarterback in this class, Mettenberger is willing to make risky throws. He isn't afraid to throw the ball into coverage in large part because he possesses the velocity and accuracy to fit it through tight windows. This is true not only on passes in which Mettenberger must drive the ball but also when using touch to loft it over defenders, as was the case on a 45-yard bomb to Jarvis Landry on LSU's first drive of the night. While Mettenberger made several NFL-caliber throws on the night, he was very fortunate that usually-reliable defenders C.J. Mosley and Deion Belue dropped potential interceptions in which the LSU senior attempted to force passes. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/15/2013 - In the LSU win on Saturday over Florida, Tigers senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger recorded just nine completions, the first time he finished with single-digit pass completions in his career. While his final stats weren't overly impressive (52.9% completions, 152 yards and zero touchdowns), he also limited the mistakes and made a few clutch third down throws. Against maybe the most talented secondary he'll see all season, Mettenberger didn't blow anyone away, but he also didn't make any fatal mistakes to put his team behind the eight ball. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/08/2013 - WEEK 6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Zach Mettenberger, LSU, threw for 340 yards and two TDs as the No. 10 Tigers pushed past Mississippi State 59-26. - AP Sports
10/07/2013 - WEEK 6 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU...Threw for 340 yards and 2 TDs in leading LSU to a 59-26 win over Mississippi State ... Completed a career-high 25 passes on 29 attempts in engineering the Tiger offense to 563 total yards and eight touchdowns ... His .860 completion percentage is the fourth-highest total for a QB in school history in a game with at least 20 attempts. Became only the third QB in school history, and the first since Rohan Davey in 2001, to have 300-yards passing in back-to-back games ... The 59 points were the most for the Tigers in an SEC game since scoring 63 against Kentucky in 1997.
LSU has scored 30 points or more in all six games - a first in school history. LSU has also gone over 400 yards of total offense in all six games, another first in LSU history ... LSU outscored Mississippi State 31-3 in the second half after leading 28-23 at halftime ... Has more passing TDs (15) and passing yards (1,738) than any player in LSU history through the first six games of a season and he's on pace to break the single-season school record in both marks. - SEC football
10/06/2013 - Zach Mettenberger surveyed the field with plenty of time to throw and then delivered a perfect spiral to Odell Beckham Jr., who stopped short of the sideline, spun inside and galloped 33 yards untouched for the touchdown. It was the ninth and final time the two hooked up for a completion Saturday night. And it proved to be the knockout blow. Mettenberger threw for 340 yards and two touchdowns, Beckham had 179 yards receiving and two TDs and No. 10 LSU blew past Mississippi State for a 59-26 victory.
It was obvious from the outset that Mississippi State's defense was loading the line of scrimmage to stop the run, daring LSU to throw. The Tigers obliged, grabbing big chunks of yards on the Bulldogs' defense. "They were playing the run game a little bit hard," Beckham said. "I give all credit to Zach. He's been making all the right plays and all the right reads since the season began." It was a tight game for three quarters, but Mettenberger's touchdown to Beckham gave LSU a 38-26 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter and Mississippi State couldn't respond. LSU closed the game on a 31-0 run, including four touchdowns in the fourth quarter. - AP Sports
10/05/2013 - Tenth-ranked LSU continued its dominating ways of Mississippi State on Saturday night with a 59-26 victory at Davis Wade Stadium. It was the Tigers' 14th straight win over the Bulldogs and the Tigers' 22nd win in the last 23 meetings with the Bulldogs. LSU received huge offensive performances from quarterback Zach Mettenberger and receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry to improve to 5-1 on the season and 2-1 in the SEC. Mississippi State dropped to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the SEC.
The Tigers led just 28-23 at halftime and just 28-26 wth 12:01 left in the third quarter. But the Tigers then scored 24 unanswered points to pull away from the Bulldogs. The game was played in front of 57,113 fans, the fifth-largest crowd in MSU history. Mettenberger was 25-of-29 passing for 340 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Beckham had nine catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns while Landry added eight catches for 96 yards. - The Sports Xchange
10/01/2013 - LSU QB Zach Mettenberger helps draft stock despite loss to Georgia...Mettenberger was masterful most of this game, completing 23 of 37 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns -- and no interceptions. A few of Mettenberger's most beautiful throws came at critical moments as the game see-sawed back and forth in the second half. One was a 39-yard touchdown strike on a third-and-9 to tie the score with 6:42 remaining in the third quarter. With a pocket tightening, Mettenberger looked like a young Ben Roethlisberger by calmly standing tall in the pocket and firing a strike to Jarvis Landry.
He put the Tigers in position to tie the score twice in the fourth quarter with two more perfectly placed throws over the middle, including another to Landry between three Georgia defenders. Considering the hype that accompanied Mettenberger in 2012, his first season as LSU's starter, he's been perceived as a bit of a disappointment. In reality, Mettenberger's play steadily improved last year and it has taken off this year under former NFL head coach and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Including Saturday's effort, Mettenberger is completing 64 percent of his passes for 1,398 yards and 13 touchdowns against only one interception. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/01/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 5 STOCK REPORT, PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES THIS WEEKEND: QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU...The improvement of LSU senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger this season has been one of the more overrated narratives nationally because in reality, he has shown steady improvement since he became the Tigers' starter. And with new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron calling the lays in Baton Rouge, more are seeing his talent. But nonetheless, Mettenberger helped himself once again on the big stage albeit in a loss to Georgia, the program where he started his collegiate career.
He displayed his rocket arm strength and strong velocity all game, picking apart the Bulldogs' defense with NFL throw after NFL throw. Mettenberger has a tall, stout frame and keeps his eyes downfield, starting down the gun barrel and delivering in the face of pressure. His sluggish feet and struggles to reset when the pocket closes in on him continue to be his largest weakness, but he has shown much better anticipation and confidence. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/01/2013 - LSU QB Zach Mettenberger helps draft stock despite loss to Georgia...Mettenberger, like Roethlisberger, is so big and strong in the pocket, that he's able to remain standing and complete passes with defenders grabbing at him. Also like Roethlisberger, however, Mettenberger isn't an elite athlete and is most effective in the pocket. Some teams are becoming less interested in traditional pocket passers as the game appears to be shifting towards dual-threat quarterbacks.
Scouts will give each quarterback credit for playing well in such a high-pressure game. Not only was this key SEC matchup the week's only contest between top-10 teams, the two passers faced additional scrutiny because Mettenberger began his career at Georgia. He and Murray were roommates competing for the starting job before Mettenberger was released by Georgia after an incident at a Remerton, Ga., bar March 7, 2010, that will require closer investigation by any NFL team considering making him an early pick in the 2014 draft. If his breakout senior campaign continues, it could be very early pick, indeed. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/01/2013 - LSU QB Zach Mettenberger helps draft stock despite loss to Georgia...The build-up of LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger's return to Georgia dominated the buzz surrounding Saturday's marquee matchup of SEC powerhouses. Rather than shirk from the spotlight, Mettenberger shined. Even after his Tigers lost 44-41 Saturday to Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs, Mettenberger should understand that talent evaluators will find little fault in his individual performance.
Murray justifiably was named the Player of the Game. He guided his team to the win while tossing four TD passes. While Murray deserves credit for finding them, many critical throws were to wide open receivers. LSU's secondary is talented, as always, but they're also quite inexperienced and breakdowns aided Georgia's recovery from a leg injury that knocked superstar sophomore Todd Gurley out of the game in the second quarter. By comparison, Mettenberger attempted and completed the more difficult throws Saturday. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Mettenberger consistently threw his receivers open, especially on deep in-cutting routes, showing off terrific ball-placement and velocity on NFL-caliber passes.
Mettenberger was unable to guide LSU to the win, turning it over on downs on his final possession, but LSU remained in this game until the closing seconds because of his ability to complete clutch throws over the middle. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
10/01/2013 - WEEK 5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Zach Mettenberger, LSU, threw for 372 yards and three TDs in the Tigers' loss to Georgia. - AP Sports
09/29/2013 - Like Georgia's Aaron Murray, LSU's Zach Mettenberger is a big-time quarterback. His 372 yards passing Saturday are the most by a Tiger quarterback since Rohan Davey threw for 444 against Illinois in the 2002 Sugar Bowl. His 1,398 yards through five games are the most ever by an LSU quarterback at this point in the season. - The Sports Xchange
09/23/2013 - After spending most of his young life cherishing every moment in Georgia's Sanford Stadium, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger can't wait until his next visit is done and over with. "I'm looking forward to Sunday morning tremendously," said Mettenberger, who left the Bulldogs in disgrace in 2010. "There's just so much put into this game that has nothing with the game that actually goes on between the snap and the whistle. The worst part is my mom has to deal with a lot of this stuff, too, and that's just unfair." The senior quarterback took the unusual step of addressing the sixth-ranked Tigers about his Georgia homecoming before Monday's practice. "I don't want any outside media or spotlight on myself or my relationship with Georgia to take away from this game and the experience for all the other guys," he said.
Although Mettenberger prefers not to dwell on how intensely personal this week's matchup with No. 9 Georgia is for him, it's also hard to deny it. After all, it's not every week that a quarterback faces the very program he revered as a kid, and for which his mother would be working this week if Georgia coach Mark Richt hadn't given her some time off to escape the limelight. "It'd be awkward for her to be hanging around," Richt said of Tammy Mettenberger, adding that he told her to just try and enjoy a week off at a time when she doesn't normally get one. Even for Richt, it's personal. He watched Zach grow up in the football operations building, where Tammy Mettenberger has worked since her son was 8 years old. - AP Sports
09/16/2013 - LSU looks to be the real deal on offense this year after past struggles...The Tigers are averaging 488 yards per game in total offense, which ranks only sixth in the conference but is a big jump up from last season's average of just over 374 yards a game. Senior QB Zach Mettenberger is a big reason why, throwing for nearly 266 yards a game (an increase of 66 yards a game) and leading the SEC on pass efficiency. - The Sports Xchange
09/15/2013 - Jeremy Hill burst across the line of scrimmage untouched, sprinted past pursuing defensive backs and galloped a career-long 58 yards for a score to quickly cap LSU's opening drive. The play was a preview. Kent State was overmatched in its first trip to Death Valley as Hill had 117 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries before the second quarter had ended, and the eighth-ranked Tigers cruised to a 45-13 victory on Saturday night.
Zach Mettenberger enjoyed a third productive outing in as many games for LSU (3-0), connecting on 13 of 18 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns in what was the Tigers' last tuneup before opening Southeastern Conference play. Auburn, which beat Mississippi State 24-20 to improve to 3-0, visits next Saturday. "We did what we were supposed to do," LSU coach Les Miles said. "I think the out-of-conference play will prepare us. ... We're looking forward to facing a quality SEC opponent in our stadium next week."
Two of Mettenberger's scoring strikes went to Jarvis Landry, whose total of five TD catches already this season exemplifies how much the Tigers' air attack has improved under first-year offensive coordinator and former NFL coach Cam Cameron. Landry had five touchdown catches all of last season. - AP Sports
09/12/2013 - Scouting the LSU passing game: Senior Zach Mettenberger has been nearly flawless in the first two games and set an LSU record with five touchdown passes in less than three quarters of play last week. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. have been spectacular, but there have been minimal targets to other wide receivers. Someone, perhaps redshirt freshman Travin Dural, is going to have to emerge as a viable third threat to prevent defenses from focusing on the two starters. - The Sports Xchange
09/09/2013 - LSU has found an offense. First-year coordinator Cam Cameron and QB Zach Mettenberger are definitely on the same page as the Tigers have upped their passing production to 272 yards per game from last year's 200 average. - The Sports Xchange
09/09/2013 - WEEK 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Zach Mettenberger, LSU, passed for school-record five TDs to help the ninth-ranked Tigers overwhelm UAB 56-17. - AP Sports
09/08/2013 - No longer does a Les Miles-coached LSU have to rely on suffocating defense and a punishing power running game to win. Through two games, at least, the eighth-ranked Tigers have been able to air it out, and might now even prefer that mode of attack. ''We're feeling it,'' LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger said after throwing for a single-game school record five touchdown passes in a 56-17 demolition of UAB on Saturday night. ''Receivers were feeling where the spaces were. ... It really makes your job easy when your (offensive) line gives you all that time and those guys out wide can make every catch.'' And Mettenberger, it seems, can make all the throws. He missed on only three of 19 passes against UAB while racking up 282 yards - 17 yards short of his career high - in only three quarters of work before giving way to freshman QB Anthony Jennings.
Mettenberger averaged about 200 yards passing last season, when LSU's passing offense ranked 92nd in the nation. Through the first two games of 2013, including a challenging opener against No. 24 TCU in Dallas, Mettenberger is passing for about 267 yards per game. And it appears his confidence and chemistry is only growing with a receiving corps that looked more like talented underachievers a year ago.
Miles brought in an old friend from Michigan, longtime college and NFL coach Cam Cameron, to rectify that as new offensive coordinator last winter. ''If you look at how Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry and really the receiving core itself are jelling with the quarterback and expecting where the ball is going to be and understanding where the ball is supposed to go based on the coverage that they are seeing - that's Cam,'' Miles said. ''Cam is doing a great job teaching. ... So I think there is a great chemistry. I think Cam's bringing it.'' - AP Sports
09/01/2013 - Nice start for LSU and Zach Mettenberger. The Tigers were an eye-catching 13 of 19 on third downs and 6 of 7 in the second half against the Big 12's best defense. I'll say it again. Most underrated coaching move of this off-season was Les Miles hiring his pal Cam Cameron to run the offense and work with the Tigers QBs. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
09/01/2013 - No. 12 LSU didn't take full advantage of several golden scoring chances against 20th-ranked TCU in the first half of Saturday night's marquee nonconference showdown. That all changed after intermission when the Tigers found the end zone three times to post a 37-27 victory over the Horned Frogs before a sellout crowd of 80,230 in the 2013 Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium.
Bruising LSU running back Terrance Magee rushed for two touchdowns in the third quarter and Zach Mettenberger passed for 251 yards and a score for the Tigers. LSU (1-0) extended the nation's longest nonconference winning streak to 42 games, dating to 2002. But it wasn't easy against TCU, which enters the season as a Big 12 title hopeful. - The Sports Xchange
08/31/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Zach Mettenberger - The senior has a strong enough arm to stretch defenses, and new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is more inclined to give him that opportunity. "We're going to present ourselves differently," Mettenberger said. "We're going to run different combinations route wise. Hopefully we'll be less predictable." QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're not going to be running Oregon 's offense. I'm not Johnny Manziel. We're going to do what we've been good at since Coach Miles has been here: run the ball and take our shots (passing downfield)." -- QB Zach Mettenberger on new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's offense. - The Sports Xchange
08/31/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Zach Mettenberger was inconsistent as a first-time starter last season, but did play better down the stretch. Cameron, who doubles as quarterbacks coach, has worked with the strong-armed senior on his mechanics, decision-making and accuracy. Miles has praised Mettenberger for how he has adapted to Cameron's call for a faster tempo in practice (leading to more no-huddle plays in games) and more demonstrative leadership. If Mettenberger provides a more consistent and versatile threat from the passing game, the Tigers could have their most difficult-to-defend offense in years. - The Sports Xchange
08/30/2013 - LSU coach Les Miles knows the ins and outs of the 4-2-5 defense employed by TCU, the Tigers' opening opponent Saturday at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Miles learned the defense under Bill Clay when they were together at Oklahoma State, but said TCU's defense is more of a read-react hybrid. "What they do is at times they're a reading team and they play off the ball, and they're basically designed so that they don't let double teams onto their linebackers," Miles said. "Linebackers are close to the line of scrimmage.
They have a call that says that they're not going to play coverage and they're going to play in there tight, and tell those linebackers to pass flow, and those safeties have cutbacks and really hang on the line of scrimmage, and then they have coverage calls that say, well, safeties back up, and those linebackers now have to sit back and play a dual responsibility." Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has studied up on the scheme and worked against it all month. Miles said he expects Mettenberger to be one of the most improved players in the conference this season, but keeping him under control is a constant concern. "The key to him, is take it a day at a time," Miles said, "not put the cart in front of the horse." - The Sports Xchange
08/21/2013 - TOP LSU PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 4. QB Zach Mettenberger (6-5, 238, 5.18)...Hyped as the difference-maker who would bring LSU a BCS title last year, Mettenberger's first season as LSU's starter has been unfairly portrayed by some as a disappointment. While the strong-armed pocket passer certainly didn't terrorize SEC defenses in 2012, he improved as the year went on and wasn't helped much by a restrictive, predictable offense and numerous drops from receivers.
Mettenberger completed 58.9% of his passes for 2,609 yards and 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions. While the TD to INT ratio appears disconcerting, LSU's preferred scoring route came via the run (29 rushing touchdowns) and Mettenberger set a school record with a 50:1 pass-to-interception ratio. In short, for the number of passes thrown last season (352), his seven interceptions weren't bad. This isn't to say, however, that Mettenberger is the elite NFL prospect that some have characterized the former Georgia Bulldog and Butler (CC) Grizzly. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/21/2013 - TOP LSU PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 4. QB Zach Mettenberger (6-5, 238, 5.18)...Mettenberger possesses a prototypical frame and arm for the position. He showed steady improvement in reading defenses last season and has impressed this summer with his understanding of new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's scheme. He can drive the ball to the opposite hash, loft the ball over the seam or to the back in the flat and hit receivers streaking down the sideline. What he does not possess, however, is the preferred athleticism to escape pressure. Mettenberger does a nice job of keeping his eyes downfield and steps up to avoid contact. He has slow, heavy feet, however, and is confined to the pocket. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2013 - SEC'S 10 MOST IMPORTANT PLAYERS IN 2013: 4. LSU QB Zach Mettenberger...The senior has a strong enough arm to stretch defenses, and new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is more inclined to give him that opportunity. "We're going to present ourselves differently," Mettenberger said. "We're going to run different combinations route wise. Hopefully we'll be less predictable." On the defensive side, keep an eye on defensive end Jermauria Rasco, who has been has been groomed behind Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo for two seasons and appears ready to be an impact player. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
07/12/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU...Mettenberger, a native of Watkinsville, Ga., is coming off a junior campaign where he threw for 2,609 yards and 12 touchdowns on 207-of-352 passing. He joined Matt Flynn (2007) and Warren Rabb (1958) as the only first-year starting quarterbacks in LSU history to lead the Tigers to double-figure victories.
He threw just seven interceptions all of 2012, while his 50:1 ratio of passes to interceptions rates as the best for a single-season in school history for quarterbacks with at least 300 attempts. Mettenberger's passing yards and completions last season were both fifth in LSU single-season annals. Mettenberger heads into his senior campaign after an impressive spring under first-year LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. He will lead a Tiger offense that returns two of the SEC's top wide receivers in juniors Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. - LSU football
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