No Mettenberger, no problem: In comes Anthony Jennings
Senior Zach Mettenberger tore his ACL in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 31-27 victory over Arkansas on Friday and will require season-ending surgery. As Fox Sports points out, his rehabilitation process comes at a time in which he should be prepping for the 2014 NFL Draft.
"We are very disappointed for Zach," said coach Les Miles. “He's been a tremendous leader for our team and he's as a competitive a guy as I have ever been around. He's had a great impact on our program.
So what will Miles and the LSU offense get with Jennings under center this postseason, and likely for the next several years? The answer is promising for Tiger fans.
We’ve already seen what Jennings can do in high-pressured moments. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Pro-Style quarterback led an impressive 99-yard touchdown drive that left 1:15 on the clock to beat the Razorbacks on Saturday, completing 4-of-7 passes for 76 yards.
Jennings might have the rocket-like arm that gives him the pocket-passer title, but he possesses exceptional speed and athletic ability and can find the running lanes when necessary. He did exactly that by scrambling for 26 yards off three carries vs. the Hogs, including a long of 21.
And it’s not like he’ll be left with nothing once the season ends. LSU returns a ton of offensive arsenal—including running back Jeremy Hill—plus a defensive unit that will be a year older and much improved with another offseason under Miles’ coaching.
The Tigers also add the current No. 13 recruiting class for 2014, featuring four-star wide receivers Trey Quinn and Tony Upchurch, and four-star tight end Jacory Washington.
LSU won’t have to reload or change the complexity of its offense to fit a lesser quarterback’s abilities. With Jennings, the Tigers’ future is bright—the team is built for now and the years ahead.
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