Two months after being offered a scholarship by the school, it appears as though Zach Mettenberger might be leaning toward hooking up with LSU next season.
And, given the current state of the quarterback position in Baton Rouge, that would be a welcome signing regardless of the baggage the former Georgia quarterback would haul onto campus.
Speaking to the Shreveport Times, Mettenberger’s father didn’t say that his son has made a decision but, based on his love of a History Channel series, he thinks he knows which school might have the edge at the moment.
“If I had to guess, at the top of his list would be LSU,” Bernie Mettenberger said Thursday. “That’s from my conversations with Zach. He’s never been down there to LSU, but his favorite show is ‘Swamp People.’ And he’s got a real close relationship with Les Miles.”
Mettenberger is at LSU today and will be at the school through the weekend on an official visit. He’s also visited Texas A&M.
Mettenberger is currently the starting QB for Butler Community College in Kansas, moving to the JUCO ranks after being dismissed from the UGA football program earlier this year. The sophomore’s dismissal came a month and a half following an arrest that would ultimately lead to his pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery (layman’s terms: he grabbed himself a handful of boobs and butt).
In addition to LSU’s interest, Mettenberger was also offered a scholarship by Alabama last month. Other schools that have offered include Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Arizona, Cincinnati, Troy and Louisville.
(Tip O’ the Cap: Mr. SEC.com)
Auburn got back in the win column after two straight losses. While winning a game must have felt nice, head coach Gus Malzahn is not prepared to say whether or not Sean White will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.
“I thought he competed; he did some good things,” Malzahn said after the game Saturday, per Al.com. “We’ll take this thing week-to-week like we’ve been doing it. We’re starting to kind of get good answers to the questions that we needed.”
White replaced Jeremy Johnson at quarterback last week against Mississippi State. Johnson, a preseason Heisman favorite for some, struggled out of the gate of the season with six interceptions thrown and a lost fumble. That forced Malzahn to make a change at quarterback after a woeful performance against FCS Jacksonville State and a loss to LSU. White lost his first game as a starter against Mississippi State but the offense has been marginally better. White has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his first two starts.
Against San Jose State, White completed six of 10 pass attempts for 1087 yards. Auburn’s running game is what helped push the Tigers by the Spartans, with Peyton Barber scoring all five touchdowns in the 35-21 victory. Auburn’s next game is in two weeks against Kentucky, on Thursday, October 15 in Lexington.
The Ohio State Buckeyes remain atop the AP Top 25 this week, but the Big 12’s top contenders have bumped Michigan State down two spots. No. 2 TCU picked up five first-place votes and managed to stay ahead of No. 3 Baylor despite the Bears getting 10 first-place votes.
No. 5 Utah picked up seven first-place votes and No. 9 Texas A&M received the last first-place vote available. The big mover in this week’s AP poll was No. 11 Florida, with the Gators jumping 14 spots in the poll after dismantling Ole Miss Saturday night. The Rebels dropped from No. 3 down to No. 14. No. 15 Notre Dame fell nine spots after losing at No. 6 Clemson. No. 19 Georgia also tumbled this week, down 11 spots after being blown out at home by Alabama. It was also a rough week for No. 20 UCLA, falling 13 spots after losing to Arizona State at home.
New teams in the AP poll this week include No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State. Iowa and Boise State also made appearances in the coaches poll earlier today, but Toledo did not. Memphis appears in the coach spill but is the third team in its own conference in the others receiving votes category, behind Houston and Temple. Memphis tied with division foe Navy in that category as well.
- Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
- TCU (5)
- Baylor (10)
- Michigan State
- Utah (7)
- Texas A&M (1)
- Florida State
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Boise State