After two games, all the offseason talk about how the arrival of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron would improve the play of LSU Tigers (2-0, 0-0) quarterback Zach Mettenberger appears to be spot on. He is second in the SEC in passing yards (533), passer rating (189.4) and tied for first in passing touchdowns (six). In just two games the Tigers QB is halfway to matching his 12 TD passes in 2012.
Yes, the same Mettenberger who took two months to get comfortable in LSU’s offense last year is on pace for one of the best seasons by an LSU quarterback since JaMarcus Russell. He’s eclipsed the 250-yard mark in each of the first two games, something Mettenberger was only able to accomplish three times all last season.
It’s also worth noting that this LSU team is as balanced as any in the league. Helping Mettenberger out is a stout running game and the SEC’s No. 4 defense. Not to mention wide receiver Odell Beckham, who might be the most dangerous all-around player in the conference (sorry Christion Jones). After racking up a ridiculous 272 all-purpose yards in Week 1, Beckham returned a missed UAB (0-2, 0-0) field goal 100 yards for a TD. Beckham has more than 100 receiving yards in each of the first two games and is averaging more than 251 all-purpose yards a game.
What to look for in Week 3: Will Mettenberger reach the 250 passing yards mark for the third-straight week and match the number of times he accomplished the feat in 2012? There’s a good chance it could happen in what should be little more than a glorified scrimmage against Kent State (1-1, 0-1).