Published February 22, 2011 - 5:57am
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Saturday Down South begins its series on the top 20 players in the SEC for 2011 pre-season addition and will countdown until the number one overall player in the SEC is named for 2011.
Zach Mettenberger – No. 20
Zach Mettenberger is slightly accustomed to how the SEC does things, seeing as he’s now been on two SEC teams – Georgia and LSU. He was kicked out of school at Georgia after he was arrested following Spring Break. Several alcohol charges were dropped.
However, let’s move to on-the-field Mett.
After Georgia, he attended Butler Community College this past season. There, he was 177 of 299 passing for 2,678 yards, 32 touchdowns and four interceptions. He led Butler to the NJCAA championship game, but they lost on a fourth quarter interception from Mettenberger that clinched the game for the opposition.
Mettenberger has a cannon for an arm and stands tall, at 6-5 and 250lbs. Sounds familiar to Cam Newton’s stature, but less mobility and athleticism of course – not to mention a totally different quarterback. Mettenberger will stand tall in the pocket and deliver a strike to his receivers. Oh, and speaking of receivers, he has two of the best to throw to in Russell Shepard and Rueben Randle. Both should get a steady dose of the football this coming year for the Tigers – unlike last year with Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee splitting time at quarterback.
If Mettenberger can stay healthy, he will have dynamic firepower at receiver and in the running game to help take the load off his back. With Mettenberger, the Tigers instantly moved to National Championship talk.
Les Miles might get to graze the Astroturf in the Sugar Bowl next year playing for the National Championship. He has to be giddy about his 2011 team.