Zach Mettenberger has been a revelation for the LSU Tigers this season and has been receiving a lot of attention for his hot start in the fist four games of the season among the local and SEC media, but thus far many of the national experts and analysts have been cool to the hot start of the Tigers quarterback.
However, ESPN’s college football analyst three-year starter for the Washington Huskies and six-year NFL veteran, Brock Huard is taking notice of the work of the 6-5, 230-pound senior quarterback. Huard ranks Mettenberger as the No. 10 signal-caller in college in his ESPN.com column after four weeks in large part because of the big jump in production from a year ago.
Here is what Huard had to say about Mettenberger:
“Mettenberger has a 10-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio and an 11.3 yards-per-attempt average through four games, ranking eighth nationally in Total QBR. He has prototypical size and arm strength, and is playing faster this season, but he still has room to grow. I’m really excited to watch him Saturday against Georgia, as it could become a statement game for his career. Can he create the big play when the opportunity is there?”
Like Huard I am also excited to see what Mettenberger can do on the road against the No. 9 team in the country. Georgia is allowing 233.3 passing yards per game this season to quarterbacks Tajh Boyd of Clemson, Connor Shaw of South Carolina and North Texas’ Derek Thompson. They have also given up five passing touchdowns this season.
Huard hits the nail on the head when he says this is an opportunity to become a statement game for his career in a game against Huard’s No. 7 quarterback, Aaron Murray. A big game would go a long way toward bolstering his stock and giving him even more confidence in forthcoming matchups at Alabama and vs. Texas A&M.
A win on Saturday and Mettenberger should see himself a little higher the next time Huard releases his rankings.