If you haven't heard of Zach Mettenberger yet, you might want to get to know him a little, because you will be hearing a lot about him when football season comes around. Mettenberger transferred to LSU from Butler Community College last year and got some playing time in last year's sophomore season.
Next year he'll be a junior and the Tigers' starting quarterback. I think that he has potential to be a great quarterback. Maybe even a Heisman Trophy candidate. He has a rocket for an arm, and he makes smart decisions in the pocket. He knows the game very well, he can read defenses and call a good audible.
That is something that LSU has had trouble doing the last couple of years with Jordan Jefferson, who had been the Tigers' starter for the last three seasons. The only thing that people are questioning is his mobility. I think that he will improve on that this offseason, and as we go deeper into the football season.
In high school, he was invited to the EA Sports Elite 11 camp, a football camp for some of the best high school players in the country. Two years ago, he played at Butler Community College.
At Butler, where he started all 12 games, he threw for 2,678 yards with 32 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He went 11-1 and led Butler to the 2009 Junior College National Championship Game.
He also did very well at the 2012 LSU Spring Football Game, throwing for 270 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown pass.
So as you can see, he has had some success in his past. The other thing that people are questioning about him, along with his mobility, is his leadership. People question this because, in 2008 when he played for Georgia, he was expelled from the team for violation of team rules.
Many think that he can't be a good leader because of this. Well, think again. At the 2012 LSU Spring Football Awards, he was awarded the Eric Andolsek Leadership Award for outstanding leadership. He was also awarded most improved player. Even though he has had a rough past, he has changed.
I think that he has proven that he can lead this football team and do a great job at it. I think you have to give people an second chance, and I think that he will take advantage of the chance that he gets. He says that his goal is to go 14-0, and I think that he will fulfill that goal.
So now that you know Zach Mettenberger a little better, here are my predictions for this upcoming season. I think that he has the arm and the accuracy to throw for over 4,000 yards this season. I also think that he will be a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate.
The last Heisman Trophy winner to play for LSU, you ask? Billy Cannon in 1959. It's been that long. I expect a breakout season for Mettenberger this year and for him to prove his critics wrong.