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Miles: Mettenberger ‘looked good’ in LSU’s first scrimmage

Zach Mettenberger, Ed Stinson AP

If LSU is to “rebound” from a three-loss season and again challenge Alabama for SEC West supremacy, an improved offense — along with replacing myriad players lost to early entry into the NFL draft — will be paramount.

Specifically, quarterback Zach Mettenberger will need to take his game to the next level.  While LSU’s passing offense improved from an inept ranking of 106th nationally in 2011, the Tigers were still 92nd in the country in that category last season.  Mettenberger was serviceable in his first season as the Tigers’ starter, completing just under 60 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns versus seven interceptions.

His passer rating, however, was just 10th among SEC quarterbacks.  Many expect a vastly improved player in 2013, and Saturday showed the progress Mettenberger has made this offseason.

In LSU’s first scrimmage of the spring, Mettenberger completed 20-of-30 passes for two touchdowns.  Most encouraging for Les Miles and his offensive coaching staff?  Most of his work earlier today came against the Tigers’ first-team defense.

“He made a couple of intuitive throws today,” the head coach said of his starting quarterback in quotes distributed by the school. “He saw things very quickly and got the ball out of his hand. Guys anticipated the catch and down the field it went. He looked good and 20-of-30 to start is really nice. Two series were against the second team but the rest of the day was against the first team defense.”

Yes, it’s just the spring and just a scrimmage so there’s no need to thrust Mettenberger’s name onto the Heisman radar.  Still, it’s an encouraging sign for an LSU team that will need Mettenberger’s play to skew more heavily toward AJ McCarron than, well, what the position has been the past couple of/few seasons for the Bayou Bengals.

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16 Responses to “Miles: Mettenberger ‘looked good’ in LSU’s first scrimmage”
  1. cometkazie says: Mar 23, 2013 6:10 PM

    Geaux Tigers!

  2. cometkazie says: Mar 23, 2013 6:11 PM

    Anything about depth at QB?

  3. dalucks says: Mar 23, 2013 6:14 PM

    Most QBs look good in a scrimmage. So did Jamarcus Russell.
    It is bigger news when they don’t play well in a scrimmage.

  4. cometkazie says: Mar 23, 2013 6:25 PM

    Jamarcus was a good college QB or he wouldn’t have been drafted so high.

    He wasn’t worth a flip when any sort of discipline was required.

  5. southernpatriots says: Mar 23, 2013 9:02 PM

    Cam Cameron is having a positive influence even after these few days on Mett and the offense. Much greater improvement and variety with utilization of RBs, tight ends, and receivers on pass plays will involve all the offense. Mett and offense will show this at the Spring Game, but most especially when the season starts.

    cometkazie, my friend!…Latest news we have is that Rivers may not be the back up to Mett. At least he will have to work hard to retain that 2nd position. Situation in that position are still fluid and indefinite.

  6. cometkazie says: Mar 23, 2013 9:23 PM

    Thanks, SP.

    I saw this in the Advocate the other day about Dylan Moses, the 8th grader we talked about while you were gone.

  7. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Mar 24, 2013 12:37 AM

    Geaux Tigers!! The best thing about being in the bottom is nowhere but up.
    And as for Moses, I need to know what their parents are feeding him.., that’s a big boy!!

  8. southernpatriots says: Mar 24, 2013 4:56 PM

    ometkazie: Is this the same kid that Miles gave a scholarship offer to about 4 to 5 years in advance that somehow Saban could not let Miles get ahead of him and offered the same kid a scholarship for the Tide? I am being facetious here but someone could look at it that way…ha.

  9. southernpatriots says: Mar 24, 2013 4:57 PM

    sorry for my mis-typing (Oh, JT, where is our “edit feature”?)…..cometkazie, not ometkazie. Sorry again.

  10. cometkazie says: Mar 24, 2013 5:27 PM

    NTW, SP, I knew who you were addressing! 😉

  11. suprmous says: Mar 24, 2013 5:29 PM

    I had a friend to attend practice and he was beaming like a new papa. He too feels like Coach in that the guys looked good. Lawdsy be I hope this’ a sign of good things to come and we can say the past is the past and are movin in the direction we need to be. I know I’m ready for another championship and have felt that way for the last 2 years. I know it’s always good things come to those that wait but I’ve waited long enuff. Ok, selfish as it sounds the time’s now for us to shine once again. Seaux, GEAUX TIGERS and show the rest of the Conferences what you’re made of.

  12. southernpatriots says: Mar 24, 2013 6:05 PM


    LSU football in specific, but also some LSU baseball, track, and LSU basketball, New Orleans Saints with Drew Brees football, and a few other eclectic “sports” such as some college wrestling and some winter Olympic sports are my recreation, along with some fishing, some hunting, and sitting in an old woven cane rocking chair on our porch under a 120 year old Hunter classic fan, looking out at the cypress trees and swamp, a few fan and Sago palms are my recreations and entertainment.

    Too often, I have to deal with life and death, and the tragedy it leaves for those loved ones remaining, that I think I need the recreation (and humor) to stay sane. Sometimes I feel a little less than sane, so I retreat into recreation and entertainment or my rocking chair.

  13. metroplexfrog says: Mar 24, 2013 7:50 PM

    He better be good that first weekend.

  14. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Mar 24, 2013 11:10 PM

    Sitting in the 120 degree heats and humidity with a nice cold glass of lemonade, on an antique rocking chair, while watching the evening light slowly disappearing, followed by a calmed and comforting peace of sudden, and yet ominous darkness with the familiar sounds of Louisiana critters orchestrating an unseen symphony that has lullaby you to sleep since as long as one can remember.., you know you’ve lived a fulfill life.
    God Bless, and you’ve definitely earned a small majestic space in Louisiana that is yours and yours alone.

  15. southernpatriots says: Mar 25, 2013 4:35 AM


    As absolutely sublime your description and narrative is, worthy of Louisiana Tourism brochures and website promotions for south Louisiana, the activity you describe so ably and artistically with words from angels, pales in comparison to the reality.

    You paint a picture so dynamic and so appealing by your wonderful talent of words smithing, but you know between the lines that even that great narrative, worthy of the lines of Walt Whitman, Tennessee Williams, Ernest Gaines, and James Lee Burke with a touch of Anne Rice, that you had to be there at that treasured spot, experience that most selfish, yet generous time, of solitude, listening and at the same time being part of the setting, part of nature, that inspires you, and inspires me.

    I was out in that place late afternoon today, and then again at 3 AM. There is no other place like that place, no other feeling, like that feeling.

    Thank you, my friend, for putting it into such glorious words! I lift my tall glass of fresh squeezed iced lemonade to you, while the creek of the chair and porch floor boards are met with a the melody of several frogs who have now joined the night chorus.

  16. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Mar 25, 2013 4:14 PM

    That’s right Southernpatriot, books can only paint what the mind wishes to see. But to truly live and suffer life, no matter how great of a writer you think you are, you can never find words to express it, until you have experienced it.
    And those authors you’ve mentioned, they themselves gave up the comforts of life, just as you have, so that they can finally rip the true meaning of it.
    A wise man once said, “without suffering, there is no growth.”

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