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.

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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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