Goes into his second season as LSU's starting quarterback in 2013 ... Has all of the tools necessary to be a great quarterback ... Has a big arm and can make all of the throws ... Good decision maker on the field with tremendous vision ... Great grasp of the Cam Cameron offense ... Matured with each game in 2012 and is in position to have a tremendous senior season with the Tigers in 2013 ... Leader both on and off the field for the Tigers ... Named a permanent team captain for the 2012 season in a vote by his teammates ... Spent one year at Georgia before transferring to Butler (Kan.) Community College for the 2010 season ... Played one season at Butler Community College leading him team to an 11-1 record and a berth in the JUCO National Championship Game ... Has played in 18 games at LSU with 13 starts ... Joined Matt Flynn (10 in 2007) and Warren Rabb (11 in 1958) as the only quarterbacks in LSU history to lead the Tigers to double-figure victories in first season as starting quarterback ... Is 10-3 as a starter at LSU ... On pace to graduate in December of 2013.
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.
Started all 13 games as a junior, leading LSU to a 10-3 overall mark and to three wins over Top 25 teams ... Threw for 2,609 yards and 12 TDs on 207-of-352 passing ... Threw just seven interceptions all year ... 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 ... His 2,609 passing yards ranks as the fifth-highest total in school history ... Rank No. 5 in LSU history in completions in a season (207) and No.4 in attempts (352) ... Capped regular-season by throwing for 200 or more yards in four straight games, including three straight SEC games (298 vs. Alabama, 273 vs. Mississippi State, 282 vs. Ole Miss) ... Streak of consecutive 200-yard games was snapped vs. Clemson in Chick-fil-A Bowl as he tossed for 120 yards and a TD on 14-of-23 passing ... Became the first LSU quarterback with three-straight games with 250 or more passing yards against SEC opponents since Tommy Hodson did it in 1989 against Kentucky (283), Tennessee (438) and Ole Miss (381) ... Had two games of 20 or more completions (24 vs. Alabama, 22 vs. Ole Miss).Threw for 200 or more yards a total of six times, including career-best 298 vs. No. 1 Alabama ... Had best game as a Tiger in near upset of top-ranked Alabama with career highs of yards (298) and completions (24) ... Connected on 24-of-35 passes for Crimson Tide as LSU's offense racked up 435 total yards (298 passing, 172 rushing) ... Wrapped up the regular season with at Arkansas by going 16-29 for 217 yards and one TD in 20-13 road win over Razorbacks ... Completed 22-of-37 passes for 282 yards and two interceptions in 41-35 win over Ole Miss in home finale ... Against Ole Miss and with the score tied at 35-35, directed LSU on a 9-play, 64-yard game-winning drive, capped with a 1-yard TD run by Jeremy Hill with 15 seconds left ... Saw his streak of 130 consecutive passes without an interception come to an end against Ole Miss, but that streak ranks third in LSU history ... Threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-30 passing against Mississippi State ... Fired a 19-yard TD pass to Jarvis Landry and a 20-yard TD pass to Spencer Ware against the Bulldogs ... His 298 passing yards and 24 completions against Alabama represent the most by an LSU quarterback in an SEC game since Matt Flynn threw for 353 yards on 24 completions against Alabama in 2007.Completed 11-of-29 passes for 97 yards and one 29-yard TD to Kadron Boone as he rallied LSU from a 12-0 deficit to beat Texas A&M in College Station ... Finished 12-of-25 for 148 yards and one interception in 23-21 win over No. 3 South Carolina ... Completed 11-25 passes for 158 yards and one INT at Florida ... Threw for then career-high 238 yards on 15-of-26 passing with two touchdowns against Towson ... Finished 15-of-27 for 169 yards in road win over Auburn in what was his first SEC start ... Registered his first multi-touchdown game of his LSU career, finishing 17-of-22 for 222 yards, two TDs and one interception against Idaho ... Completed 12-of-18 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown against Washington ... Made his first career start for LSU against North Texas and finished 19-of-26 for 192 yards with one touchdown and one interception ... The 19 completions are the second most by an LSU quarterback making his first start dating back to 1980.
Played in five games with no starts ... Ran 25 yards on a bootleg down to the one-yard line at Ole Miss but did not throw a pass ... Entered late against Auburn, WVU and Kentucky and did not attempt a pass as the team ran out the clock ... Completed 8-of-11 passes for 92 yards and his first career touchdown on a 19-yard strike to Kadron Boone against Northwestern State.JUNIOR COLLEGE Originally signed with Georgia out of high school ... Spent one year at Georgia before transferring to Butler (Kan.) Community College for the 2010 season ... Did not see any game action at Georgia ... Played one season at Butler Community College leading him team to an 11-1 record and a berth in the JUCO National Championship Game ... His team finished year ranked No. 2 in the nation ... Started all 12 games at Butler, throwing for 2,678 yards and 32 touchdowns with only four interceptions ... Connected on 176-of-299 passes for a 58.9 completion percentage ... Rated as the top-ranked junior college quarterback for the 2011 class by multiple recruiting services ... Listed at No. 17 on the Rivals.com JUCO Top 50 ... Coached at Butler Community College by Troy Morrell.HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterwinner at Oconee County (Ga.) High School ... Graduated early and enrolled at Georgia in January of 2009 ... Offense-Defense All-American and participated in Hawai'i-Polynesian vs. Mainland All-American Bowl ... Invited to 2008 EA Sports Elite 11 Camp ... PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team ... SuperPrep All-Dixie Team....ESPN.com No. 122 ESPNU 150 list ... Scout.com four star prospect, No. 130 in the nation, No. 6 in Georgia, No. 33 in the South and No. 14 quarterback in nation ... Rated by Rivals.com as the No. 3 strongest arm and No. 11 quarterback in the nation ... 2008 Atlanta-Journal Constitution Georgia 150, Super Southern 100, and Class AAA All-State Honorable Mention ... MVP of Elite 11 Alabama Nike Camp ... 2008 Offensive Player of the Year and Coaches Award recipient at Oconee ... 2008 All-County and All-Region (First Team) ... Finished with 2,106 yards passing with 19 touchdowns and only six interceptions during his senior year ... As a junior, completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,333 yards and 10 touchdowns ... Coached in high school by Mitch Olson.PERSONAL Parents are Bernie and Tammy Mettenberger ... Born July 16, 1991 ... Majoring in general studies.
05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: TENNESSEE TITANS: 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 coach Ken Whisenhunt likes (big, strong-armed pocket passer), and he could be the quarterback of the future if Jake Locker doesn't pan out in a make-or-break season. - The Sports Xchange