Mettenberger still draft hopeful
BATON ROUGE - Fans were in appreciation of Zach Mettenberger's contributions to the LSU football team Wednesday as they learned he will not play in a bowl game due to a knee injury.
Mettenberger was hit in his left knee during LSU's game against Arkansas Friday. The university said he will need surgery and rehabilitation after.
Coach Les Miles and fans agree that Mettenberger's injury will not have any impact on his chances at the NFL. The quarterback is expected to be picked up early in the draft.
"I thought maybe it was something that he could manage to get worked out between now and the bowl game," said fan Donald Dobbins. "I'm really sad to hear that."
"You see with all his success you feel like he deserves to play in a bowl game," said Marlon Green. "Especially it being his last game of the season."
Jimmy Field, a former LSU Tiger has seen a lot of knee injuries over the years. He says he's confident a knee injury won't slow down Mettenberger's career.
"It's part of the sport and he'll come back," said Field.
There are former LSU players who have come back to play in the NFL after college injuries.
Todd Kinchen played for the Tigers in the 90's and underwent multiple knee surgeries. He later played a handful of years in the NFL. Michael Brooks played for LSU in the late 80's, early 90's and tore his ACL during his senior year at LSU against Florida. He recovered and also played in the NFL. Brooks later said he used his injury as motivation.
Mettenberger became the third player in LSU history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season this year. Freshman Anthony Jennings will start for the LSU bowl game, with Stephen Rivers as a backup.
The bowl game LSU will play in will be announced Sunday.