Adjustments QB Hayden Rettig Will Have to Make Before Start of LSU Career

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterApril 5, 2013

LSU QB Hayden Rettig / Photo:
LSU QB Hayden Rettig / Photo:

The quarterback position has been a constant headache for head coach Les Miles and the LSU offensive staff ever since Ryan Perrilloux was dismissed from the program prior to the 2008 season.

Despite the inconsistencies, LSU took home the 2011 SEC Championship and as posted double-digit win seasons in each of the last three years. 

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger will exhaust his eligibility after the 2013 season, which means several of the players on campus will be fighting for the top spot on the depth chart this time next year.

One of those players is Hayden Rettig, a 4-star pro-style quarterback from LSU's 2013 class.

Rettig, a 6'2", 201-pound Los Angeles native, enrolled at LSU early and is participating in spring drills. That's big for him and for LSU. Getting a six-month jump start on the offense and receiving SEC-level training from LSU's strength and conditioning staff will accelerate his progression as a player. 

That will pay dividends down the road, especially if Rettig redshirts in 2013.

What are some aspects of Rettig's game to work on between now and the time he sets foot on the field at Tiger Stadium?

You can see from his highlights above that Rettig has a cannon. He's accurate with his deep ball, throws hard and makes smart decisions with the football.

The biggest issue facing him is his mobility. 

Rettig tore his ACL early in 2011 and missed his junior season, according to He recovered just fine, throwing for 3,424 yards and 40 touchdowns as a senior for Cathedral High School. 

He doesn't have to be a dual-threat; he just needs to be mobile enough to buy time in the pocket and make positive plays on the ground when the opportunity arises.

Take a look at the 2:06 mark.

Rettig shows off his arm strength and accuracy throwing off of his back foot in the face of the pass rush, but his wide receiver was wide open. You can't rely on arm strength in the SEC, because cornerbacks are bigger, faster and stronger than those Rettig faced in high school.

That's a risky throw and not one that he should have made. Had he stepped up in the pocket to left, he would have seen nothing but green grass for about 40 yards. The safe play would have also been the bigger play.

A minor issue, no doubt. And since Rettig will likely get a year-and-a-half of practice time at LSU against SEC defenders under his belt before his redshirt freshman season, that's something that can—and likely will—be easily fixed by the LSU coaching staff.

Other than that, it's hard not to be impressed with Rettig.

A lot of prospects with big arms tend to deliver fastballs all the time, but Rettig understands the game and doesn't lose accuracy when he takes a little bit off. That's mighty impressive.

The Tigers also have fellow class of 2013 member Anthony Jennings on campus this spring. The duo of Rettig and Jennings will contend with Rob Bolden and Stephen Rivers next year for the starting spot. 

That's going to be a really exciting battle to watch.


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