Zach Mettenberger has a torn ACL and is out for the LSU Tiger’s bowl game and his career at LSU is over. Mettenberger injured the knee late in the fourth quarter in the win vs. the Arkansas Razorbacks and Les Miles was mum on the severity of the injury Monday.
THIS JUST IN: LSU QB Zach Mettenberger has torn ACL; will not play in bowl game. (via @caplannfl)
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 4, 2013
Update: (11:15 p.m.) LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette tweeted, “LSU is aware of the ESPN report regarding QB Zach Mettenberger’s injury. At this point, I can’t confirm or deny what ESPN is reporting. We plan to issue an update on Zach’s injury tomorrow but there won’t be any further comment tonight.”
Mettenberger really hit it off with first-year offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and flourished so much that he was viewed as a potential late-first round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. He passed for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns, 10 more than he had as a junior, to eight interceptions while completing 64.9 percent of his passes.
Anthony Jennings will start in place for Mettenberger and it will provide a glimpse into the future for LSU as the true freshman from Alpharetta, Ga will head into the offseason as the team’s clear front-runner for the starting quarterback job in 2014.
With Mettenberger needing surgery to repair the ACL he will be unable to workout at the NFL combine or at the LSU pro day in the spring, so his draft stock takes a massive hit.
He could have used these opportunities to move up from the second-third round mix and try to enter the bottom of the first, but now that will not be possibly for the 6-5, 240-pound pocket passer.
I’d imagine he gets picked no earlier than the fourth round now, but he can use his rookie season as a “redshirt” season and rehab, learn the playbook and learning from the veteran starter ahead of him on the depth chart.
It’s such a shame this his career came to an end the way it did and he won’t be able to be on the field with his LSU teammates one more time, but the last pass he threw as a Tiger will be one that is remembered forever.
Mettenberger was 19-6 overall, 11-5 in SEC and 14-1 at home as the LSU starting quarterback.
Get well soon, Mett. Tiger Nation thanks you for all that you did and wish you a speedy recovery.