LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) celebrates a first down in the fourth quarter of the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Cowboys Stadium. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Quality Game Could Vault LSU's Zach Mettenberger into Heisman Race

Zach Mettenberger has been good this season, really good, maybe even Heisman good.Right now not many people think of him as a Heisman candidate, but that could change with a good performance against Florida.

Florida has a highly respected defense, currently ranked second in the country in total defense. The most points they have allowed in a game this season was 21 to Miami, and this was due in large part to the Florida offense turning the ball over five times, setting up good field position for the hurricanes.

Mettenberger has been having a sensational season for the Tigers. The main reason he is not on many people’s Heisman lists is the fact that no one even considered him have this good of season before the year began. Last year Mettenberger was a sub-par quarterback. He only threw twelve touchdown passes to accompany his seven interceptions.

This season Mettenberger has been shredding opposing defenses. Through six games, Mettenberger leads the SEC in both passing yards, with 1738, and passing touchdowns, with 15.

New offense coordinator, Cam Cameron, has helped change the LSU offense from a major weakness last season, to the team’s biggest strength this year.

LSU has so many different threats offensively, the Gators wont be able to pinpoint just one area that they need to contain. Jeremy Hill and the running backs have been playing well, which opens up the field for Mettenberger to air it out.

Mettenberger needs a big breakout performance to vault him into the Heisman race. The game against Georgia could have done the trick had the Tigers pulled off the victory. Florida presents an excellent opportunity for him. If he can perform at a high level against the Gators, something no quarterback has done this season, then people will begin to recognize how much this quarterback has improved from last season.

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