Baton Rogue, LA, United States (4E Sports) – LSU has confirmed that quarterback Zach Mettenberger suffered a torn ACL and an MCL sprain and is out for the season.
Per school policy, the Tigers did not disclose specifics about the injury but coach Les Miles expressed disappointment for his quarterback.
“We are very disappointed for Zach,” Miles said. “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.”
Mettenberger suffered the injury during the Tigers’ 31-27 victory last week over Arkansas, according to sources.
Mettenberger was hit on his left knee during the fourth quarter by Arkansas defensive tackle Byran Jones. The senior quarterback was wearing a brace on the knee as a precautionary measure, but the force of the hit bent his knee back, causing the damage.
A source said that once the sprain heals — in an estimated two weeks — Mettenberger would have surgery to repair his ACL.
He could be able to throw at LSU’s pro day next year assuming no further issues come up during the ACL surgery, according to sources in the scouting community.
Mettenberger, who is known for his outstanding arm strength, was thought to be no worse than a mid-first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft before he suffered the injury, two high-ranking league personnel sources said.
“I know Zach will work extremely hard to rehabilitate his knee and I don’t anticipate this injury having any impact on what should be a great future in the NFL,” Miles said.
Backup quarterback Anthony Jennings, who took over for Mettenberger against the Razorbacks and led LSU (9-3, 5-3 SEC) to victory late in the game, will be the starter for the team’s bowl appearance.