Through seven games Zach Mettenberger’s play was beginning to earn him Heisman talk. The difference in his production between this year and last was night and day, but in the past two games he has struggled tremendously.
Through his first seven games, Mettenberger threw for 15 touchdown passes and only two interceptions. He was excelling in Cam Cameron’s new offense and picking up the slack for a struggling inexperience defense.
His play took a severe down hill turn against Ole Miss. After throwing two interceptions through seven games, Mettenberger threw three in the first half against the Rebels. He lacked patience and tried to make throws when nothing was available. His performance proved costly as Ole Miss handed LSU a crushing second loss.
Many people assumed it was just a fluke performance and that Mettenberger would come out and slaughter FCS foe Furman, the following week. However, even against weak competition, Mettenberger struggled. He threw two interceptions, including a pick six that put Furman on the board first. It took a strong second half performance by LSU just to pull away from the Paladins.
Last year, Mettenberger played his best game of the season against Alabama. He threw for what was a career high 298 yards and one touchdown as the Tigers almost pulled off the upset.
Which Mettenberger will we see on Saturday against Alabama? LSU will need him to be at the top of his game if LSU wants to have a chance of knocking off the number one team in the nation on the road.