Saturday night’s game between the LSU Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs ended up being an instant classic and if you missed any of the action, well, where were you? This was a game that ended up being a shootout with Georgia winning 44-41. Quarterback Aaron Murray ended up throwing four touchdown passes while LSU’s Zack Mettenberger wasn’t so bad himself with 372 passing yards. Now this is news we like to hear from our college quarterbacks.
These two quarterbacks have a history together and do share some connections. Both of them were in the same recruiting class at Georgia and were competing for the same job. Mettenberger’s mother works for the Bulldogs. Mark Richt, coach of the Bulldogs was nice enough to give her the week off due to a lot of stress and attention she would find herself in with both teams playing against each other.
It was very refreshing to be following a college football game and just watch a good old-fashioned duel. During the summer and the beginning of the college football season, we have heard way too much talk and seen too much of Johnny Manziel. I know he is a great quarterback, but sometimes the way he acts on the field can be a lot to take. Seeing two young quarterbacks who were playing because they love the game and love the teams that they play for made watching that game all the more enjoyable. Instead of a college quarterback taunting his opponents and making money signs with his hands, we watched two quarterbacks focusing on the task at hand and trying to win a game. I am sure now that these are two young arms that teams in the NFL are going to be paying a lot more attention to after Saturday’s showing. I am also sure that Murray’s performance puts him in the Heisman Trophy discussion, if he wasn’t there already.
Murray showed the coolness, maturity and leadership it takes for a quarterback to lead his team in extremely tough moments. Mettenberger also showed those qualities. These are those certain factors that NFL teams drool over and want leading their franchises for years to come. Not only did these guys play a game that should always be one for the DVR, but they may have increased their draft value and gained much more exposure for their careers.