LSU QB Zach Mettenberger
All summer long TSD will unveil our top 50 LSU football players for the 2013 season. TSD's Ben Love, Austin Cooper and Hunter Paniagua compiled the rankings. Today, on the day he appeared live at the SEC Media Days, Zach Mettenberger comes in at number 12.
Publisher’s Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD’s Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.
No. 12 – QB Zach Mettenberger
Among the highest profile players on LSU’s team, Zach Mettenberger, entering his second year as the Tigers’ starting quarterback, hits TSD’s top 50 countdown at number 12. In 2012 the former University of Georgia and junior college gunslinger posted the following line: 207-of-352 (58.8%) passing for 2,609 yards and 12 touchdowns to go against seven interceptions. Mettenberger spearheaded an offense that finished eighth in the SEC in passing yards, tied for 10th in touchdowns and second to last in sacks allowed.
He flashed real moments of brilliance versus Alabama (298 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT) and Mississippi State (273 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT) in consecutive games, something the LSU coaching staff – which now includes new coordinator Cam Cameron, Mettenberger’s third in three years – will attempt to use as a building block. The feel heading into Fall Camp is that more will fall on Mett’s shoulders this season, and he’ll have one final chance on the collegiate stage to prove he’s developed.
By The Numbers
Mettenberger’s highest ranking: 10th
Mettenberger’s lowest ranking: 15th
Why this ranking is too high
Mettenberger was, especially at the beginning of the 2012 season, a wildly inconsistent player. He struggled, as did his offensive line, with a strong defensive pass rush. Mettenberger’s internal time clock needs improvement, as does his mobility in the pocket. Finally, for a player with a very strong arm, his completion percentage on balls downfield left something to be desired last fall.
Why this ranking is too low
He does have almost prototypical size for a quarterback in this league and also possesses one of the stronger arms in America. When Mettenberger is on, he’s extremely capable of being ranked higher than this and he can lift LSU’s offense to a near-unstoppable status in those moments. There’s also the fact that this is Mettenberger’s senior season and last opportunity to impress the pro scouts. Expect 2013 to mean a lot to the LSU signal caller.
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