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Bernard Pollard trolls Zach Mettenberger with ‘roll Tide’

Zach Mettenberger LSUIt’s bad enough that former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has to hear “roll Tide!” when he goes out in public. As many of you know, Mettenberger was sucker punched by an Alabama fan at a bar in Nashville last weekend. Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard must have found it pretty funny.

During training camp over the weekend, Pollard apparently gave Mettenberger a hard time about the sucker punch incident.

Don’t worry, Beanie was just messing with the rookie. When asked about yelling “roll Tide!” at Mettenberger, Pollard smiled and said he “had to let him have it.” He then issued a warning to the guy who allegedly threw the punch.

“Mettenberger is our brother,” he said, per Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean. “And I’ll be the first to say it: If we see that sucker who punched him, it’s on. We are always going to have out brother’s back.”

That’s more like it.

Zach Mettenberger allegedly sucker punched by Alabama fan

Zach Mettenberger LSUZach Mettenberger is no longer the starting quarterback at LSU, but that does not mean he is free from the psychotic nature with which some SEC fans worship their football teams. Over the weekend, Mettenberger was reportedly sucker punched by an Alabama fan at a bar in Nashville.

Steve Ford, the owner of Losers Most Wanted Bar & Grill, told Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean that Mettenberger did nothing to antagonize the man who hit him.

“Here’s the truth: The guy said something about ‘Roll Tide!’ to Zach, and Zach turned around and said ‘Good luck with that,'” Ford explained. “And the guy’s buddy then sucker-punched Zach.

“I promise you that Mettenberger did not throw a punch. He didn’t do anything. The guy sucker-punched him in the eye, that’s the bottom line, and the guy that punched him started running out the door. My door guys had to chase him down.”

Mettenberger, who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round, has supposedly visited Losers multiple times with first-round pick Taylor Lewan. Ford said they have never caused any trouble. Mettenberger also had to clear up what he called a “bogus rumor” that was started on a message board Sunday night about him injuring his hand in a bar fight.

[Video: Zach Mettenberger taunts Alabama fans with cell phone gesture]

While bar security was able to chase down the alleged sucker puncher, Mettenberger has chosen not to press charges.

“It is what it is and it’s over. No one is pressing charges,” Ford said. “It shouldn’t have happened to begin with. The guy said ‘Roll Tide.’ He tried to provoke him. But Zach did not throw one punch, period. I was standing right next to him.”

Mettenberger started 25 games between his junior and senior seasons at LSU, so he is plenty familiar with the rivalry between the Tigers and Crimson Tide. Still, you never expect someone to take it that far. If the incident happened like Ford said it did, I’m surprise Mettenberger is letting the guy off the hook.

H/T Dan Wetzel

Zach Mettenberger had diluted urine sample at combine

Zach Mettenberger LSUFormer LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger had a diluted urine sample at the scouting combine, which generally is treated as a positive test.

Pro Football Talk reported news of Mettenberger’s diluted sample. Diluted samples are usually considered to be positive because of the belief that players consume the extra liquid to flush illegal substances out of their system.

Mettenberger tore his ACL against Arkansas in November. His physical therapist wrote a letter to the NFL’s doctor to explain that the quarterback was instructed to drink copious amounts of water to combat cramping. The hope likely was that this letter would keep Mettenberger out of the league’s substance-abuse program.

Here’s what was said in the letter according to National Football Post:

Dear Dr. Lawrence Brown,

Zachary Mettenberger was under our care from 2/11/14 to 3/10/14 for the rehabilitation of his left knee. During this time, he reported to us that he was experiencing frequent muscle cramping during the day as well as at night while trying to sleep. Because of this, he was advised to drink as much as 1 to 1.5 gallons of water per day, to increase his consumption of foods high in potassium, and to increase his sodium intake. This was recommended as he was performing rehab and training 6 days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., causing dehydration. This high consumption of fluid was necessary to counteract the dehydration from intensive training sessions and to promote a healthy fluid balance while Zachary was healing from his recent ACL reconstruction.

We also recommend that Zachary continues this process throughout his rigorous rehab program to avoid future cramping and possible dehydration.

If you should have any specific questions regarding this matter please feel free to contact me. Thank you.

Best regards, Jason Eliowitz.

Mettenberger’s team has not heard back yet from Brown. (yes, by the way, that means there are two Larry Browns in this article).

According to FOX’s Jay Glazer, Anthony Johnson as well as Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan, Telvin Smith and Christian Jones.

Report: Zach Mettenberger has torn ACL; draft rating unchanged

Zach Mettenberger LSUZach Mettenberger has a torn ACL and won’t play in LSU’s bowl game, according to a report.

Mettenberger was injured in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ win over Arkansas last week. He was hit in the knee by Arkansas defensive tackle Bryan Jones. Though he was wearing a brace on his knee, his ligament still tore, ESPN reports.

[Related: See the play where Mettenberger was injured]

Mettenberger is a senior and was thought to be a first-round pick for the NFL draft. Reporter Aaron Wilson says the torn ACL will not affect Mettenberger’s draft evaluation.

Mettenberger originally attended Georgia, but he was kicked off the team. After spending a year at community college, he went to LSU and has started for them the past two seasons. Freshman Anthony Jennings, who took over for Mettenberger in the fourth quarter against Arkansas, will likely quarterback the team in the bowl game.

Zach Mettenberger knee injury knocks him out of Arkansas game

Zach-Mettenberger-knee-injuryLSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger left Friday’s game against Arkansas with an apparent injury to his left knee in the fourth quarter. Mettenberger was rolled up on just after releasing the ball and his lower body looked like it bent in an uncomfortable way. Trainers had to help him off the field.

Jarvis Landry made an incredible catch on an underthrown ball as Mettenberger was hit, but the injury overshadowed the play. LSU trailed 27-21 and was in danger of being upset by the Razordbacks at the time Mettenberger was forced from the game. Anthony Jennings took over at quarterback for the Tigers.

Mettenberger was examined by trainers on the sideline and did not immediately retreat to the locker room. He stood on the sideline wincing in pain and trying to stretch out the knee. The fact that the training staff allowed him to remain on the sideline could be a positive sign. However, Mettenberger was seen using crutches later in the game.

Jennings connected on a 49-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Travin Dural later in the fourth quarter that gave LSU a 31-27 lead. The Tigers held on to avoid the upset.

GIF via SB Nation

LSU QB Zach Mettenberger: I don’t have horrible mechanics like Tim Tebow

Zach-Mettenberger-LSULSU has been a national championship contender for the past several seasons, and most of the their success has been the product of a ferocious defense. The Tigers like to pound the ball on the ground and create turnovers. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger was asked to do very little in his junior season last year, but that doesn’t mean he thinks he is incapable.

Mettenberger has been working with new LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron this offseason to improve his passing. At SEC Media Days on Thursday, he was asked if Cameron has been helping with his mechanics. That’s when Tim Tebow came into play.

Uncalled for? Tebow is known for having poor mechanics, but he is also a national champion who has won at the NFL level. It’s one thing for NFL legends to take shots at Tebow, but what has Mettenberger accomplished? He ranked 73rd in the country last season in completion percentage.

Stick to taunting Alabama fans, Zach. Ragging on Tebow isn’t going to get you anywhere.

H/T SI.com’s Campus Union

Zach Mettenberger taunts Alabama fans with phone gesture after TD


LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger taunted Alabama fans with a phone gesture after throwing a touchdown pass to give the Tigers a fourth-quarter lead over the Crimson Tide on Saturday.

Bama fans got a hold of Mettenberger’s phone number and were prank calling him during the week, so this was his payback after throwing a pretty 14-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry.

Mettenberger was 17/27 for 209 yards and the touchdown at that point in the game. The TD pass to Landry gave LSU a 17-14 lead — their first lead in over two quarters.

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