I don't think I've ever felt more for a football player than ZM. It's obvious he cares about this team. As someone in Athens who was in the midst of the talk when ZM decided to go to LSU (his family is from Oconee County), I heard from multiple sources that his thought process in picking LSU was that all they needed was a QB. Defense was there. RBs and WRs were there. Just needed a QB to complete the puzzle.
He wanted the UGA game badly, but since they lost that one, Bama became that much more important. I do not blame the guy for being frustrated. He came to LSU to win a championship, but will leave as simply a minor footnote in the history of LSU football. His marquee game? A 2012 loss to Bama, I guess.
Sucks that LSU's offensive ineptitude finally caught up with them in a major way. Sunshine pump all you want, but I think it's pretty fricking obvious that LSU's defensive underclassmen saw that nothing had changed in ZMs first year under center and said "screw this, I'm not going through another year of college ball for this" and bolted before Cameron could revamp the offense.
Because of that major exodus of young talent, the talent gap between LSU and Bama last night was pretty damn obvious.
A tip of the cap to ZM. The guy is a player and I wish LSU could have him back next season.
This post was edited on 11/10 at 10:54 am