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LSU QB Zach Mettenberger has torn ACL, won’t play in bowl game

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Quarterback-needy teams saw one potential prospect for next year’s draft go off the board when Oregon’s Marcus Mariota elected to return to school for his senior season. Now another highly-projected quarterback will be coming off a major knee injury in the lead up to the draft.

According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger suffered a torn ACL in Saturday’s victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks and will not be available to play in the team’s bowl game.

Mettenberger was 14 of 22 for 156 yards and a touchdown against Arkansas before exiting the game in the fourth quarter. For the season, Mettenberger has completed 65-percent of his passes for 3,082 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interception. His NFL passer rating would be 112.2.

Mettenberger is considered to be one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming class and could be selected in the top couple rounds of the draft. Teams that want to select Mettenberger next year will have to feel confident he is recovering sufficiently from his ACL tear or he may slide farther down the draft boards than initially anticipated.

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14 Responses to “LSU QB Zach Mettenberger has torn ACL, won’t play in bowl game”
  1. coltzfan166 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:27 AM

    So let’s make a list of all the 1st round QBs in this draft…

    1. Teddy Bridgewater


  2. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 4, 2013 12:29 AM

    It could cost him a few bucks, but he knew the risks when he accepted the school’s low-ball offer. He brought them a lot of value to be ranked so high despite having 3 losses. That was nice of him to contribute to them. Even more than what Peyton did for that newlywed couple.

    The school should send him a care package and say thank you. Or is that against the rules?

  3. hardate says: Dec 4, 2013 12:37 AM

    Speaking of 2nd and 3rd round QBs for the Jags,,,,

  4. krypticking says: Dec 4, 2013 12:49 AM

    I like how after torn ACL it says “won’t play in bowl game” lol

  5. m3dman3 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:51 AM

    You have to feel for this kid, looked so good this year. Get well soon.

  6. brenenostler says: Dec 4, 2013 1:19 AM

    He and Aaron Murray are now 6th or 7th rounders

  7. bastardfromhell says: Dec 4, 2013 2:01 AM

    How is this a pro football matter. This article belongs on your College Football Talk page. Stop boring us with hideous stories about a college quarterback nobody knows or cares about.

  8. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 4, 2013 2:02 AM

    He did good at LSU when he got a good qb coach but I’m not so confident in him as a pro qb but you never know.

    The injury will drop his draft status so someone will get a shot at him on the cheap.

  9. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Dec 4, 2013 7:26 AM

    LSU quarterbacks… Ugh.

  10. thejohnsmith1122 says: Dec 4, 2013 7:36 AM

    ” His NFL passer rating would be 112.2.”

    After you factor in he’s playing against NFL defenses his rating is 50.2.

  11. rascalmanny says: Dec 4, 2013 7:40 AM

    Millions lost in one shot. That’s why these top draft picks need to get out as soon as they can.

    Of course, the Titans will probably draft him now. LOL.

  12. 1historian says: Dec 4, 2013 9:08 AM

    The Pats will grab him in the last few rounds, give him a clipboard and a nice ballcap and tell him to spend the next few seasons watching #12.

    Then we’ll see.

  13. atlwmn says: Dec 4, 2013 11:14 AM

    Well he wanted to be like Aaron Murray….

  14. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 4, 2013 1:50 PM

    I wonder if this might make Marcus Mariota rethink his decision?

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