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LSU has a lot of momentum and is being touted as a preseason top five pick going into the 2011 college football season, but with all that being said there is still one major issue that head coach Les Miles and the Tigers need to decide on.
Who will the starting quarterback ultimately be?
The much maligned Jordan Jefferson returns next season, but Jefferson hasn’t solidified his position as starter with outstanding production on the football field. LSU was able to go 11-2 in 2010 despite the fact that Jefferson only threw for 1,411 yards, 10 interceptions and only seven touchdowns.
Of course senior Jarrett Lee will once again be hot on Jordan’s trail as Lee tries to impress the coaches enough to overtake Jefferson on the depth chart. Jarrett has thrown for 2,643 yards and 17 touchdowns in his time under center and has some starting experience with the school.
The wild card in the race and the quarterback that is generating a lot of the headlines is junior college transfer Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger was ranked 199th in the Rivals 250 in 2009 before signing with fellow SEC heavyweight Georgia. Mettenberger was red-shirted as a freshman for the Bulldogs and was later kicked off the team by Georgia head coach Mark Richt for underage drinking. After playing successfully at Butler Community College Mettenberger resurfaced and signed with LSU as a junior college recruit.
Zach will compete with Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson this spring in a three way battle to decide who will go under center for this talented LSU offense.