Zach Mettenberger had just two interceptions entering Saturday night’s game at the Ole Miss Rebels which was in large part a big reason why his NFL draft stock is rising so quickly and he is generating Heisman buzz. However, the first half for the redshirt senior quarterback was one he’d like to forget as he tossed three interceptions.
To make matters even worse two of the interceptions were in the end zone. Oddly enough all three interceptions came on passes intended for All-American candidate Odell Beckham, Jr. Even crazier this is the first time LSU was shutout in the first half since the BCS Championship Game vs. Alabama.
The Rebels were able to take advantage of Mettenberger’s turnovers to build a 10-0 lead at half.
It will be interesting to see if Mettenberger shakes off the picks and if it will rattle his confidence in the second half and if he’ll continue to look for Beckham in the final 30 minutes. He can’t afford to not look at Beckham who has been one of the best receivers in the country, so I would expect Cam Cameron to call plays to get him in a rhythm early.
Look for LSU to lean on workhorse running back Jeremy Hill and take the pressure off Mettenberger and gradually work in some short and intermediate passes before taking some shots deep off of play-action. Just take what the defense gives you and play LSU football.
Mettenberger can’t afford any more miscues on the road as the Ole Miss crowd is feeling more and more confident in pulling off the upset.