The most popular takeaway from the absolutely classic game between LSU and Georgia over the weekend was the fact the Bulldogs won, which means they’re still in the national championship race. The second most discussed topic was Aaron Murray, who was named the player of the game after throwing four touchdowns and leading his team to the win. However, the most important takeaway is a very unusual one from the losing team.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger absolutely shredded the Bulldogs’ defense despite sketchy play from his offensive line. The Georgia native was sacked four times, but converted seven third downs on pass plays, three of which went for touchdowns. However, the box score doesn’t show the flawless accuracy that Mettenberger displayed the entire game.
Sure, Murray threw for more touchdowns, but his big passes were to wide open receivers, who waltzed their way through LSU’s woeful secondary. On the flip side, Mettenberger threaded the needle to his receivers in double and triple coverage time and again and although he came up short on what would have been the game-winning drive, he got the attention of many NFL teams in the process.
Before the game, Mettenberger wasn’t mentioned in the talk of all the talent at quarterback entering the 2014 NFL Draft. But now LSU’s senior signal-caller is likely to be a hot commodity when May rolls around, and for good reason. If your favorite NFL team needs a new quarterback, it could likely get a steal in Mettenberger.