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Report: LSU QB Zach Mettenberger tears ACL

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ESPN is reporting that LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger has torn his ACL and will not play in his team’s bowl game.

No word yet on how it happened, but it’s quite a blow for Mettenberger, who has come through with a stellar senior campaign. He’s thrown for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns and is fourth nationally with a passer rating of 171.45.

The No. 14 Tigers (9-3) will likely have to turn to freshman Anthony Jennings in the bowl game. This season, Jennings has completed 6 of 10 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown and has rushed for 49 yards while showing some pretty good flashes, most recently against Arkansas.

On the bright side, Jennings now has a chance to get some more experience before next season rolls around. On the other hand, it’s a pretty disappointing way for Mettenberger to end his career and it’s sure to affect his future draft status.

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  1. desal2ds says: Dec 3, 2013 11:59 PM

    I feel bad for him and Aaron Murray not a way to end your season. Best to both of them speedy recovery

  2. Deb says: Dec 4, 2013 12:08 AM

    No!! Terrible news for Zach! Praying for a good recovery, but there’s no way this won’t affect his draft status and contract prospects. Sad, sad way to end such a good season for him.

  3. 13datsyuk13 says: Dec 4, 2013 12:43 AM

    It’s a good thing he went to college and will get his degree. Craziest thing, he has something to fall back on if football doesn’t work out. Someone tell me again why NCAA players should get paid.
    That being said I hope he is ok.

  4. Deb says: Dec 4, 2013 1:25 AM

    @13datsyuk13 …

    1. They should be compensated because the revenue they generate for their institutions far exceeds the monetary value of their scholarships. And if they are injured prior to graduating, they don’t get the degree. Athletic scholarships are for contributing athletes.

    2. They should be compensated because they are expected to work the equivalent of a full-time job at being athletes while simultaneously attending college and maintaining a GPA sufficient to keep their athletic scholarships. On the flip side, academic scholars are not expected to train for hours and hours each week and maintain their physical stamina or risk losing their academic scholarships.

    3. They should be compensated because their practices schedules and study schedules don’t exactly leave them time for jobs to earn spending money for meals, gas, books, etc. Most of them come from underprivileged backgrounds and don’t have any money for those things. The schools (and until five minutes ago, video-game manufacturers) are making millions off their likenesses, but if they accept a hamburger from a fan, they could lose their eligibility to play.

    4. Only a handful of them will ever play professional sports or earn anything comparable to the amount of money they’ve generated for others throughout their college careers. The least the schools can do is give them an expense stipend.

    5. If they were given some monetary compensation, they’d be less tempted to succumb to the daily pressures to accept money from the blood-sucking agents who are always lurking nearby trying to get a piece of them, destroy their eligibility, and put their programs on probation.

    6. They’ve earned it by funding virtually every other sports program (except men’s basketball and baseball) and quite a few academic programs at their institution.

  5. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 4, 2013 2:26 AM

    I don’t think that college athletes should get checks from their institutions, but if Subway wants to pay Manziel to be on their commercials or someone offers to pay for a players autograph the player should be able to accept.

  6. 13datsyuk13 says: Dec 4, 2013 2:27 AM

    Agents are blood sucking and you want players paid? Let me guess, you cheer for the SEC?

  7. suprmous says: Dec 4, 2013 3:44 AM

    I was so afraid that this was the case but prayin that it was just a bad knee strain. He may not be your favorite type of QB but you have to admit he’s made a big turn aroun. Bless his heart, he was willin and didn’t buck the change unlike what a few have done thruout their lifetimes. If he doesn’t fit in the Pros he’ll find a place in Life and do just fine. Best of Luck to ya Zach.

  8. otistaylor89 says: Dec 4, 2013 6:18 AM

    ACL injury recovery times are so much quicker than they used to be – some college players came back to play in September after tearing them in Spring Practice.
    I don’t see it affecting his draft status one bit. It actually may help because it seemed like he was playing with a knee that needed some surgery before he injured his ACL.

  9. jmb795 says: Dec 4, 2013 7:48 AM

    Good kid. Heal up fast, you hear?

  10. indians131184 says: Dec 4, 2013 8:49 AM

    no word yet on how it happened? uh…it happened in a game on national television.

  11. noaxetogrind says: Dec 4, 2013 10:05 AM

    @ Deb…,
    Respect your sentiment but disagree with some conclusions you arrive at with some faulty information. I would have no problem with scholarship athletes receiving some sort of very minimal stipend, maybe $50 a month but not much more. Until the 70’s scholarship athletes actually received a $15 a month laundry stipend. By the time I signed my scholarship the stipend had been eliminated so there is a precedent. Here are my problems with your arguments however. First of all the athletes are handsomely paid. A scholarship at most schools is worth well over 100K these days, especially if you are red shirted. Keep in mind that scholarship athletes also receive better housing, nutrition, medical and tutorial access than the average student. Your argument that they are exploited in relation to what the program generates is simply a sad reality of our free enterprise system. It also happens for most of the people who go to work everyday and read this forum. Front line workers are the revenue generators in most organizations yet the USA has the greatest income inequality when it comes to CEO pay compared to the rank and file. You also stated that “If they are injured prior to graduating, they don’t get their degree. Athletic scholarships are for contributing athletes”. That is a false statement. Every NCAA school has at their disposal the ability to keep injured players in all sports on full scholarship and it does not count against their scholarship limitation totals. Typically the student athlete is expected to contribute some way such as helping with the video folks or becoming a student assistant but some schools don’t even require that. You also said “most of them come from underprivileged backgrounds and don’t have money for those things”. This is one of the biggest myths that is out there. My teammates that came from poorer socio-economic backgrounds than me typically had much more spending money than I ever did. Those student athletes not only received that scholarships but also their full Pell Grant money, which can easily exceed $5,500 A YEAR in spending money. The kids who really had to make it work were the middle to lower middle class kids such as myself who received very little money from home. My parents had to pay for my siblings to go to college so they didn’t have the luxury of a lot of extra cash. If you remember the Univ. of Miami had a huge Pell Grant scandal back in the 90’s which resulted in their Pell Grant administrator going to prison. He was fraduently processing Pell Grant claims so kids could get the money when they didn’t really qualify for it. You also mentioned “if they were given some monetary compensation, they’d be less tempted”. I don’t believe this is an accurate statement either. Even if they decide to give the athletes a stipend, it won’t be anywhere the amount that an agent typically fronts these kids. We are talking in the thousands in most cases. I played at a major football power school and two of my teammates showed up at the start of August training camp with new cars. Our head coach called them in and found out an agent had fronted the money and he made the guys take the cars back. A small stipend isn’t going to remedy those types of ills. I agree with everything else you said, especially about the hours that are put in, the fact that you can’t get a job because of the year round commitment and so forth. However in no way do I feel I was exploited. I went to school for free and graduated with no debt, in fact stayed after and was a grad. asst. and received my masters for free also. Please keep in mind that at least at my school, where we won multiple national championships in other sports as well, other athletes work just as hard, you would have to pay then all, not just football players. All in all it scholarship athletes still have a pretty good thing going on and if they feel exploited they can get a loan or work their way through school like most of my classmates had to.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 4, 2013 10:15 AM

    What was looking like a really deep QB draft is losing some if its luster now with Mettenberger and Murray coming off ACL tears, Mariota staying in school, and Manziel showing us he’s human these last two weeks. Hell, Hundley could opt to stay in school too.

    I’m not a huge Teddy Bridgewater fan and I don’t think I can stomach another Carr in a Texans uni…. I’m not sure right now what the Texans should do with that #1 pick they are working so hard to earn.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 4, 2013 10:38 AM


    I agree very wholeheartedly in what @deb said. Some of your retorts are a bit dated and out of touch in my humble opinion…

    When you say athletes only received a $15 laundry stipend until the 70’s…. institutions weren’t making hundreds of millions of dollars on their athletics programs back then either. To ignore the financial behemoth that these programs have become on the backs of “student” athletes is to invite uncontrolled change. You’ll see more and more situations like the O’Bannon lawsuit in the coming years… bank on it.

    And as for the value of a scholarship…. Johnny Manziel was a huge part of the reason A&M increased their budget by $300mm last year…. $100k doesn’t quite cut it, now does it. And he didn’t have the option to leave and go find a higher paying job in his field, like the worker in your “free enterprise” system.

  14. bigtganks says: Dec 4, 2013 11:23 AM



    I sure hope my son or daughter gets “exploited” like many of these athletes do with their tuition paid for, access to premium training, facilities, travel, nutrition, etc, and then walk away with no debt after getting their degree.

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 4, 2013 12:10 PM


    For the VAST majority of student athletes… it’s a great deal… but for the stars that make the sport the huge money maker that it is…. it’s an unfair system. Is there an easy answer or quick fix, like just paying the players a higher stipend….? No, or they would have done it already.

    But any time you artificially suppress the value of something… a black market will emerge…. basic economics. So if you’re ok with the current system of kids getting paid under the table by boosters and over anxious fans, then so be it…. I personally think it’s better to do it over the table and regulate it.

  16. thraiderskin says: Dec 4, 2013 12:37 PM

    I’m not going to jump too far into this fight, but these programs make these kids stars… there is little these athletes can actually affect in four years, u probably see a bump in revenue, but you were still going to see great revenue none the less. The schools who didn’t get Clowney’s services, as an example, are doing just fine financially. The benefits from being part of these major programs, far exceeds what these kids generate individually.

  17. noaxetogrind says: Dec 4, 2013 12:43 PM

    @ 8to 80,
    Appreciate your retort but you failed to address one of my points. You are never going to pay them enough to keep agents and boosters with larceny in their heart from getting involved. The argument that if we give them a stipend it will eliminate the “black market” shows a lack of understanding. The “stars” as you referred to them, who are approached are offered much more than any stipend would ever amount to. Secondly, by your own admission, it is a great system for the vast majority of athletes. It takes all of them to make the sport the huge money maker that it is, not just the so called stars. Again, keep in mind that any amount that you arrive at with your stipend amount, must be offered to all scholarship athletes by law (Title 9 deals with proportionality). Most of the major players in the NCAA fund approx. 250 scholarships across all the sports. Do the math. Lastly, I think if you do your homework you will find Texas A&M increased their athletic budget not because they have a one time player who will be there for 3 years but because they joined the richest athletic conference in America. This is not an advertisement for the SEC but they lead the nation in attendance as a league, just announced the richest deal yet for a conference TV network and have the biggest marketing cache. Would have happened with or without Manziel.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 4, 2013 1:10 PM


    I agree with you… There is no easy answer. One solution begets another problem.

    Yes, the move to the SEC was huge, but not nearly as big as winning a Heisman. And honestly no Manziel… no Heisman. Look at Baylor. They also saw a significant bump in revenue after RG3 won.

    @thraiderskin I disagree about stars not having influence… sure teams that didn’t get Clowney are still doing fine. But you can’t discount the effect that players like Manziel and RG3 have had. Aggie fans are coming out of the woodwork, buying jerseys, tickets and donating. Players like that have a huge financial impact.

  19. thraiderskin says: Dec 4, 2013 1:43 PM

    In the big picture, the bump TAMU saw means little. 4 years of increases means nothing 20 years from now… If these kids were locked up for a decade or more, then yes, a faces of a franchise, they are making a real impact. Once Johnnie is gone, TAMU won’t be going broke in the for seeable future. Manziel is a great college player, but I think you are greatly over valuing his impact… 2-3 years simply doesn’t matter in the long run, the bump is negligible. I have far more respect for TAMU to fill their stadium than any one or two players could have. Its about the jersey, not who is wearing it.

  20. Deb says: Dec 4, 2013 5:25 PM

    Have been away from the computer all day, but enjoyed reading all the responses. Everyone made excellent points. I’m relieved to hear from noaxetogrind that injured athletes may be allowed to keep their athletic scholarships and at least get to finish their educations.

    noaxetogrind, I’m sure it won’t surprise you to learn I’m also appalled by the insane gap between worker and CEO compensation in the United States. Just because it’s commonplace in other industries doesn’t make it right.

    As 8to80texansblog said, things have changed quite a bit since the 1970s. The revenues being generated by today’s football players are considerably higher. And back then uncompensated players weren’t making millions for game manufacturers.

    No, providing an expense stipend won’t stop agents from trying to prey on these kids. But I don’t see the harm in letting fans buy them dinner–or as detectivejimmymcnulty said, letting them profit from their own fame by taking endorsement deals or selling their autographs. Few of them will become NFL stars. Let them take advantage of their sports stardom while they can.

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