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Zach Mettenberger’s career at LSU reportedly ends with torn ACL

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Unfortunately, it seems like a bad dream of broken records in 2013. Another future NFL prospect’s career has been cut short due to a knee injury.

Senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger has a torn ACL and will miss the bowl game, according to a report by ESPN. LSU officials could not confirm or deny the report.

Mettenberger injured his knee against Arkansas and was unable to finish, but thanks to freshman Anthony Jennings, the Tigers ended up pulling out the victory in dramatic fashion.

Mettenberger is the most improved quarterback in college football. He’s thrown for 3,082 yards, 22 touchdowns and eight INTs while completing nearly 65 percent of his passes. That’s a far cry from his 2012 production that saw him throw for 2,609 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven INTs while completing less than 60 percent of his passes.

Mett has Cam Cameron to thank as a quarterback guru and developer, and he has receivers Jarvis Landy and Odell Beckham to thank, too. Cameron’s arrival boosted Mett’s production and made him a much better player. Beckham and Landry were much more consistent in 2013, compared to 2012.

Mettenberger has been projected in the top two rounds of this spring’s NFL Draft. This shouldn’t affect it too much, but he won’t get to work out for NFL teams at the combine or at the school’s pro day to help boost his stock.

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Comments 7

  1. Kevin
    Commented : 4 months ago

    Year of the ACL

  2. Very sorry to see this happen to Mett. To have turned it around like he did this year is remarkable. I have no doubt he’ll get picked up by an NFL team, so here’s to a speedy and full recovery and a successful pro career.

  3. First Murray, now Mettenberger. Hope he recovers and has a great NFL career.

  4. I feel bad for him. Went from a late 1st rounder to probably a late round pick-up now. I hope my Saints pick him up in the 4th or 5th round, place him on IR his first year, and then let him sit & learn for a few years behind Drew Brees.

  5. Get well soon Mett! You will be great in the NFL

  6. Best Prayers for the quickest possible complete recovery. A very good performance and year for LSU. The media is this NFL promotion.

  7. Hopefully he’ll recover well and end up having a great NFL career. The list of ACL injuries this year seems endless…