LSU confirms Mettenberger is out for bowl game

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU has confirmed senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger will miss the team's bowl game due to a knee injury.

Michael Bonnette, senior associate athletic director/SID, released the information Wednesday morning about Mettenberger's status.

ESPN reported Tuesday that Mettenberger suffered a torn ACL in the 31-27 win over Arkansas. Bonnette said the specifics of Mettenberger's knee injury will not be disclosed by the school, which is head coach Les Miles' policy on reporting injuries.

"We are very disappointed for Zach," head coach Les Miles said in a report released by Bonnette. "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 left the game in the fourth quarter after being hit low on his left leg. He had to be helped off the field and checked out on the sidelines. Mettenberger left the field on crutches at the end of the game.

Freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings replaced Mettenberger and led the Tigers to the comeback win.

Mettenberger threw 22 touchdowns during LSU's regular season, leading the Tigers to nine wins. He became the third quarterback in LSU history to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. He finished with 3,082 yards for the year.

"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 added.

LSU reported Mettenberger is the only player in LSU history to throw for 2,500 or more yards in back-to-back seasons. He finished his career as a Tiger with 5,691 yards, 34 touchdowns and a 19-6 record as a starter.

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