For LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger, his journey to the top of the ranks among college football quarterbacks has been long and extremely unorthodox.
Mettenberger started his career at Georgia, battling with now-quarterback Aaron Murray before being kicked out of the school. He then went to junior college for a year before transferring to LSU. He had to sit behind Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee during his first year at LSU, but he was put in the starting role last year as a junior.
However, it didn’t start off great for Mettenberger, as he struggled learning the offense and with his consistency. For LSU, their entire offense struggled, and a lot of the blame was thrown on Mettenberger, who would show flashes of greatness only to follow it up with an errant throw or a turnover.
In the offseason, Les Miles hired Cam Cameron to take over the offensive coordinator job for the Tigers, and nobody has benefited more from that hire than Mettenberger, who has come out on fire for the 2013 season.
Through five games, Mettenberger has completed 82-of-128 passes for 1,398 yards, 13 touchdowns and only one interception. Mettenberger has looked calm, collected and is picking apart defenses at will in each game of this season. While the Tigers lost yesterday to Georgia 44-41, Mettenberger stepped up on the big stage versus his old school in one of the best quarterback duels in the game of football in quite some time with Murray.
Mettenberger was spot-on with his accuracy on short, medium and deep throws. He made the proper reads, showing the ability to go through all of his progression and find the open guy. He took what the Georgia defense gave him and struck deep when it was there.
While the Tigers came up just short, all of their goals are still in front of them for this season and if Mettenberger can keep up this high level of play, LSU will be right in the national championship picture at the end.