Zach Mettenberger set to make first NFL start for Titans
Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger will be making the first NFL start of his career this Sunday for the Tennessee Titans against the Houston Texans, head coach Ken Whisenhunt told the media Thursday.
Mettenberger, a rookie chosen in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL, started at quarterback for LSU for two years in 2012 and 2013. The former Tiger made 30 starts at LSU, throwing for 5,783 yards, 35 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his career. Last season, he took a leap forward and 3,082 yards, 22 touchdowns and 8 interceptions before tearing his ACL in the regular season finale against Arkansas. The injury caused his draft stock to fall.
In the NFL preseason, Mettenberger threw for 659 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He tried to temper expectations when he met with the media Thursday.
“By no means am I a Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. This will be my first game,” he said.
The 6-foot-5 passer, who wore various beard styles and lengths in his time in Baton Rouge, has gone with an interesting look for his starting debut.
New #Titans starting QB @mettshow. With a freshly shaved face pic.twitter.com/mx0zePwRJR
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) October 23, 2014