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Who is Zach Mettenberger?
Posted By Douglas Perez On Jul 8 2012 @ 3:22 pm In Louisiana State,NCAAF,SEC | 1 Comment
Undoubtedly the starting quarterback for LSU, Zach Mettenberger took the road less traveled to get there. Born and raised in the state of Georgia, Mettenberger made a name for himself very quickly. During his senior year at Oconee County High School, he had thrown for over 2,100 yards, 19 TDs, and only 6 interceptions. Highly recruited out of high school, Mettenberger was 4-star prospect on scout.com and ranked No. 122 in ESPN.com’s ESPNU Top 150. Getting a scholarship to attend The University of Georgia, Mettenberger was to have high hopes for the Bulldogs. But those hopes crashed very quickly when, during his freshman year, he was arrested for underage drinking then, a month later, cut from the team. Mettenberger had only thrown 11 passes as a Bulldog.
Mettenberger then transferred from UGA to Butler Community College in Kansas to play football for the Grizzlies. As a sophomore, he led the Grizzlies to the JUCO National Championship Game and finished No. 2 in the country. He threw for 2,678 yards, that year, and had 32 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions thrown. As the top rated QB coming from junior college, Mettenberger then decided to go and play for Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.
The 6’5″, 222 lbs., big-arm QB from Watkinson, GA is now ready to show everyone what he is capable of doing. In a recent interview he said, ” Being the lead quarterback, I think I have the talent. I just have to go out there and execute and show everyone that I can play this game.” During the Spring Game at LSU, Mettenberger threw for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns. With those 2 touchdowns being a 54-yard strike to WR Jarvis Landry and a 49-yard score to WR Odell Beckham, Jr. Mettenberger’s big arm will definitely open the run game for LSU and keep defenses guessing.
Mettenberger’s past troubles, hopefully, won’t be a problem for Miles and the Tigers. Mettenberger was quoted in a recent interview saying, “.. I realized that I represent more than just myself. I represent my family’s name, Louisiana State University, and my teammates. I just don’t want to let any of the close people around me down again.” Being dubbed the “Mett-siah” by some LSU fans who are grateful that the Jordan Jefferson/Jarrett Lee drama has ended, Mettenberger looks like he has all the skills to be successful quarterback for Les Miles and the LSU Fighting Tigers.
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