Player of the Week
Zach Mettenberger, QB LSU
Week 5 stats: 23-of-37 for 372 yards and three touchdowns
Mettenberger wouldn’t have cracked anyone’s Heisman rankings prior to his resurgence this season. In his first year as a starter in 2012, Mettenberger tossed 12 touchdowns but also threw seven interceptions and completed just 58.8 percent of his passes while the Tigers’ offense finished near the bottom of the SEC.
But, as he showed in a wild loss to Georgia, it’s a whole new Mettenberger in 2013. The senior notched season-highs in completions (23), attempts (37) and passing yards (372) while finding the end zone three times. He has thrown just one interception this season, against 13 touchdown passes; through five games in 2012, he’d thrown for only six touchdowns.
Of course, Mettenberger and LSU didn’t escape Athens with a win, and his detractors could point to the quarterback’s inability to put the Tigers in scoring position on their last drive, with Georgia clinging to a three-point lead. But Mettenberger has plenty of chances to boost his Heisman profile, including games against Florida, Texas A&M and an intriguing clash with Alabama on Nov. 9 in Tuscaloosa. The quarterback also has a personal narrative to build on: The Bulldogs dismissed him in 2010 when he ran into legal troubles, after which attended Butler (Kan.) Community College for a year before signing to play for LSU.
Yeah Losing that game doesn't really give him a chance.
Pardon the reality check... it doesn't matter how well he plays this year. He will not be voted Heisman because that would require extensive TV explanations about his past, which is so politically incorrect as to make him an untouchable. Today environment, where even just verbal "harassment" of females is considered a crime requiring firing from career, noone convicted of a sexual "crime" will be given the benefit of the doubt. Evidence? The twists and turns and agonies of the announcers during the telecast when dealing with this was painful to behold. It would have been better if he had been a drug dealer than to have grabbed the appendages of that coed.
He will not be voted Heisman because that would require extensive TV explanations about his past, which is so politically incorrect as to make him an untouchable.