NFL Draft: Zach Mettenberger tears ACL; Marcus Mariota not Declaring


Nov 29, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) is helped off the field after being injured in the fourth quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

According to ESPN Writer Adam Caplan, LSU Tigers senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger suffered a torn ACL against the Arkansas Razorbacks last week and will miss the school’s bowl game:

"The senior quarterback was wearing a brace on his left knee as a precautionary measure, but the force of the hit bent his knee back, causing the ligament tear and the MCL sprain. One source said that once the sprain heals  — in an estimated two weeks — Mettenberger would have surgery on his left ACL."

Mettenberger took a low hit in the team’s win over the Razorbacks and could not finish the game, and he unfortunately becomes the latest QB prospect to tear his ACL.

Georgia Bulldogs QB Aaron Murray tore his ACL two weeks ago, and that’s now tow QBs who were projected to be first or second-round QBs now shelved for the next 6-8 months. Obviously, neither of them will be healthy enough to attend the Senior Bowl.

And with news that Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota will return to school, that makes this QB class even thinner. In two seasons, Mariota has 6,089 passing yards, 77 total touchdowns and only 10 interceptions, and was projected as a top-10 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

As of now, the Louisville Cardinals’ Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and UCLA Bruins’ Brett Hundley are the only consensus first-round prospects.

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