Zach Mettenberger passes the ball against Mississippi State. Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Report Card: LSU Tiger’s QB Zach Mettenberger Continues Career Year


The LSU offense has been uncontainable all season. A major weakness just last year, the offense has been the force behind the tenth ranked Tigers this season. They are averaging 45.5 points per game, a total that could be even better if they ran up the score like a certain school in Waco, Texas. Cam Cameron has done an great job in his first season as the offensive coordinator, but a lot of the credit needs to be given to the highly improved quarterback.

With less than half the season completed, Zach Mettenberger has thrown for fifteen touchdowns, three more than he threw in the entire 2012 season. Mettenberger has played great all year, and he is only getting better. The game against Mississippi State was no different.

Grade: B+

Mettenberger had a quality showing against the Bulldogs on Saturday. He led an offense that scored 59 points on a team that was previously ranked 14th in the country in points allowed. Early in the second quarter Mettenberger was hit hard as he attempted a screen pass. His throw sailed over Jeremy Hill’s hands and was intercepted by Nickoe Whitley.

Aside from his interception, Mettenberger was nearly flawless against the bulldogs. He had an 86.2% completion percentage, going 25 of 29 for 340 yards and two touchdowns. He threw for over 300 yards for the second game in a row after failing to top the mark in his first seventeen starts.

Mettenberger has been in sync with two favorite targets all season. The best receiving duo in the country was on the receiving end of 17 of Mettenberger’s 25 completions and 275 of his 340 yards.

Mettenberger played great and led an impressive offensive attack for the Tigers. He easily would have earned an A had it not been for his interception. Next week will be a good test for the improved quarterback as Florida travels to Death Valley.

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