With the anticipation building for the season opener in Dallas, it is fitting to have a preseason position breakdown for the 2013-2014 LSU Tigers. What better place to start than with the signal caller. The quarterback position has been the leading cause of depression for the Tiger faithful since Jamarcus Russell was drafted 1st overall and Matt Flynn left the field for the final time as a National Champion. 2008 began with projected starter Ryan Perrilloux being kicked off the team for violating team rules. Perrilloux’s replacement Andrew Hatch suffered a sidelining leg injury and Hatch’s replacement Jarrett Lee led the nation in pick sixes. Jordan Jefferson was predominately the starter from the last two games of 2008 until the end of the humiliating national championship game in 2011. If hearing Jefferson’s name doesn’t make you cringe just watch the video that sums up his LSU career.
Zach Mettenberger took over last year and started all thirteen games. The start to his season was rather shaky. He threw for one touchdown in his first four SEC games. However, the Alabama game seemed to be his coming out party. Mettenberger passed for 298 yards and a touchdown and gave Tiger fans what they had been looking for all year. He threw for over 200 yards in each of the final four regular season games. With a year as starter under his belt and several games displaying he is completely capable of success, expectations are huge for Mettenberger going into his senior season. Mettenberger will be expected to lead the offensive that needs to be better than ever, considering the defense is only returning four starters. The addition of former Ravens offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, could prove extremely beneficial. Cam Cameron helped mold Ravens QB, Joe Flacco, into a Superbowl MVP. If Mettenberger can hit his targets and find the end zone with more regularity, the Tigers can be dominant. However, if Metenberger plays the way he started 2012 he will join Perrilloux, Lee, and Jefferson on a growing list of quarterback disappointments at LSU.