LSU Tigers: Player of the Week

Player of the Week: SEC

September, 30, 2013
By now you're probably well-versed in the Zach Mettenberger homecoming angle from last Saturday's Georgia-LSU game. You might even be tired of it.

But considering the circumstances surrounding the game -- his return to play against the program he grew up cheering for, where his mother still works, despite his having been kicked off Georgia's team in 2010 following an offseason arrest -- LSU's quarterback is a no-brainer as the SEC's top performer on Saturday.

His typically powerful running game was accomplishing very little and his defense was completely ineffective. That left it up to Mettenberger and his talented team of wide receivers to help the Tigers stay in the game, and they did, scratching back to take the lead late in the fourth quarter before Georgia ultimately scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:47 to play, giving the Bulldogs a 44-41 victory.

Mettenberger had one final opportunity to complete his homecoming with a storybook ending, but his fourth-down pass sailed high and Georgia escaped with the win.

Nonetheless, Mettenberger --already one of the most improved quarterbacks in college football this season == delivered the finest performance of his career, completing 23 of 37 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns.

He showed no signs of distraction following a week of questions about emotional conflicts and previous off-the-field issues when he returned to the stadium where he once hoped to become a star wearing red and black. It would have been understandable if Mettenberger turned in a tight performance under such circumstances, but it was quite the opposite.

Yes it was in a losing effort, but Mettenberger's play against Georgia was about as impressive as it gets.

Player of the week: SEC

September, 23, 2013
The sophomore running back class in the SEC is as good as it gets. It’s a group that includes Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon, Georgia’s Todd Gurley and South Carolina’s Mike Davis among others, but it was LSU sophomore Jeremy Hill who outshined them all in a 35-21 win against Auburn on Saturday night.

Hill sat out the season opener against TCU and the first quarter of LSU's second game after he was arrested in a bar scuffle last spring. But his teammates voted him back on the team before the season, and he’s taken full advantage of it since his return to the field.

Against Auburn, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound back rushed for a career-high 184 yards and two touchdowns. He did most of his damage in the first half with 152 yards and all three scores coming before the intermission.

On his first carry, Hill broke through the line and took it 49 yards to the house. He followed that up with a 10-yard touchdown run on his very next touch. Before Auburn knew what hit them, the LSU star had 59 yards and two scores on just two carries. Both teams battled heavy rain and nasty weather conditions, but Hill set the tone early for the home-standing Tigers.

“He looked pretty good to me,” LSU coach Les Miles said after the game. “He ran hard, and it’s nice to have him back.”

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has stolen most of the attention with his turnaround -- and he likely will again this week with his return to Georgia -- but Hill has already rushed for 350 yards and six touchdowns since returning to the team. He’s averaging 8.3 yards per carry, tied for 10th best in college football.

The sophomore could really make a name for himself this weekend when LSU travels to Georgia in the SEC’s marquee game of the week. Davis rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown against the Bulldogs in week two.


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