LSU's Mettenberger is fulfilling his potential

Baton Rouge, La. - Early last Saturday morning, hours before kickoff against UAB, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger was deep in his i-Pad playbook.

"I generally get up early and have breakfast and go into what is our team breakfast area, and he's in there studying, and you can just tell that he's in it," Coach Les Miles said.

Mettenberger would later complete 16 of 19 attempts for 282 yards and a school-record five touchdowns.

"You know it's real easy for me to go back there and sit in the pocket for four seconds, and let Odell and Jarvis and all the other guys really create space and separation," Mettenberger said. "When the other 10 guys are doing their jobs at the high level they're executing right now, it really makes my job easy."

Mettenberger's six touchdown passes and 533 yards through two games is a new LSU school record, but what's really catching the eye of his teammates is his scrambling ability. Mettenberger rushed it three times for 17 yards, picking up a couple of crucial first downs.

"He's done a great job, especially running," center Elliot Porter said. "And for those first downs he did run it for, I was actually surprised."

"It's crazy to see Zach run," said wideout Odell Beckham Jr. "I've never seen him have a burst or sprint in him, but he took off a few times. I saw him try to make a juke move on somebody. Me and him were laughing about it on the sideline."

Wideout Jarvis Landry joked, "Let's just keep that mentality away from Zach right now."

But according to Mettenberger, his feet have been effective.

"They know I'm slow, and it doesn't look good, but I'm getting first downs, and that's all that matters," he said.

The Tigers are back in action this Saturday night, hosting Kent State at 6 p.m.