Sunday, September 29, 2013
Week 5 helmet stickers
By David Ching
ATHENS, Ga. -- If Saturday's 44-41 shootout loss to Georgia proved anything, it's that Zach Mettenberger's metamorphosis into a top-tier quarterback is legitimate. He couldn't lead the Tigers to a game-winning touchdown at the end of the evening, but Mettenberger's Georgia homecoming silenced any doubts about his capabilities.
Let's take a look at Mettenberger and two more Tigers who earned one of this week's LSU helmet stickers:
Zach Mettenberger: The senior came in being touted as one of the nation's most improved quarterbacks and proved why with perhaps the best performance of his career. Despite the emotions involved in returning to his former school, Mettenberger never appeared shaken on Saturday. He went 23-for-37 for 372 yards and four touchdowns -- the most passing yards in a game by an LSU quarterback since Rohan Davey's 444 in the 2002 Sugar Bowl. NFL scouts were sure to take notice of the velocity and accuracy Mettenberger displayed in Saturday's impressive outing.
Jarvis Landry: Landry set career highs for catches (10), receiving yards (156) and notched the longest reception of his career with a 39-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. In a streak that dates back to last season, Landry has caught a touchdown pass in seven straight games, tying an LSU record that Dwayne Bowe set in 2005.
Kadron Boone: Boone set the tone for LSU's offense in the first quarter when he beat Damian Swann in coverage and took a Mettenberger pass 48 yards for a touchdown to tie the game 7-7. On the very next LSU drive, Boone scored again, hauling in a 4-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-7 Tigers. Those were his only catches of the game, but Boone's big plays certainly helped his quarterback get into an early groove.