Posted December 04, 2013

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has torn ACL in left knee, will miss bowl game

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Zach Mettenberger was only the third QB in LSU history to throw for 3,000 yards, but a torn ACL will end his season early. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) reportedly has a torn ACL in his left knee. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has a torn ACL in his left knee, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Mettenberger had to be helped off the field after he was hit by Arkansas defensive tackle Bryan Jones in the fourth quarter of a 31-27 victory over the Razorbacks last Friday. The school would not diclose the specifics of his injury, but confirmed on Wednesday that Mettenberger will not be available for the Tigers’ (9-3, 5-3 SEC) bowl game.

Freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings, who replaced Mettenberger against Arkansas and engineered the Tigers’ game-winning 99-yard touchdown drive, will start in his place.

From the release:

“We are very disappointed for Zach,” Miles said on Wednesday. “He’s been a tremendous leader for our team and he’s as competitive a guy as I have ever been around. He’s had a great impact on our program.

“I know Zach will work extremely hard to rehabilitate his knee and I don’t anticipate this injury having any impact on what should be a great future in the NFL.”

Before going down with an injury, Mettenberger had passed for 3,082 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2013. He is just the third Tigers’ passer to throw for 3,000 yards in a single season, joining Rohan Davey (3,347 in ’01) and JaMarcus Russell (3,129 in ’06).

For Mettenberger, the ACL tear not only ends his college career, but also places his 2014 NFL draft stock in jeopardy. He was projected seventh overall in SI.com’s Chris Burke’s Mock Draft on Tuesday, before the extent of his injury was publicly known.

One source told ESPN that Mettenberger is expected to have surgery “in about two weeks.”

10 comments
LsuFaithful
LsuFaithful

Sad to hear, but I can't wait to watch him in the NFL. Tigers fans and the rest of the country will get a glimpse for four quarters of the new LSU offense with a dual threat quarterback for next year in the bowl game.

AllisGrace
AllisGrace

I'm sad to hear this, as I felt Zach Mettenberger wore the LSU colors with pride and honor. I also believe the LSU nation is lucky to have had him to bridge the time between Jefferson and Jennings. With Zach's character and leadership, I do hope his successor will choose to follow in his footsteps. For now I hope for a successful surgery and recovery and that we will soon see Zach at the next level leading his team to victory.

WilliamBrady
WilliamBrady

At least your not a Gator with an Injury

CALI_DREAMING
CALI_DREAMING

Think Dan Marino who was injured in college; sometimes going later in the draft to a better team can work out as well. Or just going later (without the injury) to a better team (see Tom Brady, Joe Montana) can be a good deal too. 

riley8
riley8

@CALI_DREAMING I'll bet the farm that Mettenberger won't be Marino, Brady, or Montana.  He will most likely be the equivalent of a Chad Henne.  ZM has no mobility, cannot read defenses, and certainly isn't the brightest bulb in the lamp.  Add a torn up knee in the equation and he will slide in the draft faster than Fat Albert stepping on a banana peel.

stagger
stagger

@riley8 @CALI_DREAMING Funny, that a lot of people felt the same way about all 3 of the guys you mentioned. You know Brady's story. Todd Blackledge and Tony Eason were drafted before Marino. Montana was the 82nd pick in the draft, behind the legendary QB Jack Thompson. Who's Jack Thompson? Exactly... So, if that farm really exists, I wouldn't place that bet just yet.