LSU Football: Incoming QBs Could Make Huge Impact in 2011

Zacerry HerbertContributor IJanuary 18, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Quarterback Jordan Jefferson #9 of the LSU Tigers call a play against the Texas A&M Aggies during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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It is no secret that the quarterback play at LSU over the last few seasons has been poor, to say the least, with this past season being no exception.

Between Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee, LSU quarterbacks constantly performed poorly except for each making the occasional big play

Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson split snaps during numerous games this past season proving  the old saying. "when you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks."

Although on paper it may have seemed a good strategy to split snaps between the mobile Jefferson and the more pocket-oriented Lee, the tandem never really got it going as a tandem or individually.

The poor performance of the quarterbacks cannot be solely placed on the two QB system however. Lee and Jefferson had both been given opportunities to take the helm of the Tigers offense and neither were successful.

While Jordan Jefferson was a sub-par quarterback at best, Jarrett Lee seemed to have a knack for finding the defensive player with the easiest route to the end zone and promptly delivering the ball to that player.

But after the past few seasons, one thing is clear—The LSU Tigers need to make a change at quarterback if they want to be a true BCS contender.

There will be two new additions at QB for the Tigers in 2011, Zach Mettenberger and Stephen Rivers. Either one may be able to improve LSU's recent quarterback play, a task that shouldn't be difficult for anyone surrounded with offensive weapons.

Mettenberger, a former Georgia Bulldog, passed for over 2,600 yards and 32 touchdowns, leading Butler Community College to a No. 1 spot in the national rankings and a spot in the national championship.

While some may look at those numbers and think that they have little meaning because they were in the community college ranks, remember where Heisman winner Cam Newton was playing before he played for Auburn this season.

The stories of Newton and Mettenberger are eerily similar.

Both started their careers at SEC schools, were dismissed due to off-the- field issues, attended community college and put up mind-boggling numbers, finally moving on to a different SEC school.

Hopefully Zach Mettenberger can keep the similarities going by winning the Heisman Trophy at LSU in 2011.

That is where LSU fans hope the similarities end. The will be hoping that Mettenberger can stay out of trouble and keep LSU free of scandal and investigation.

Mettenberger is the most likely option to come in and possibly replace Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee as LSU quarterback.

Another incoming QB for the Tigers will be Stephen Rivers, brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.

Due to a lack of experience, don't expect Rivers to start right away, but this kid has the size and the tools that could allow him to develop into an elite QB for the Tigers.

At 6'6", Stephen Rivers has the build of a prototypical pro-style QB and if he can perform anywhere near as well as his brother Philip, LSU has a bright future at the quarterback position.