Quarterback Zach Mettenberger shines in LSU Spring Game, along with Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Ronald Martin, and Eric Reid!
Super Scout Max Emfinger
New LSU Quarterback Zach Mettenberger (6-5, 222, 4.7) was given the biggest round of appause when his name was announced and he is believed by the LSU fans and also the LSU players to be the quarterback that they have been waiting on for their passing game. Mettenberger started his career at Georgia, is a great leader, has a very strong arm, and he did not disappoint the LSU fans or the LSU players in the LSU Spring Game.
On Saturday, Mettenberger, playing with the first team, White Team, he completed 14 of 25 passes for 270-yards and two touchdowns as he lead the White Team to a 24-17 win over the Purple Team. Mettenberger had 198-yards passing and two touchdowns at halftime.
With 14:53 left in the second quarter, Mettenberger hit Odell Beckham, Jr on a perfect streak pattern down the right sideline for a 49-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead after Drew Alleman kicked the extra point. On the play, the ball seemed to go right through the hands of the defender and into the hands of Beckham (5-11, 183, 4.32) who maintained perfect concentration as the football landed into his hands.
With 9:28 left in the second quarter, Mettenberger hit Russell Shepard (6-0, 185, 4.4) on a 19-yard touchdown pass to put the White Team up by a 14-0 score after the Alleman kick.
Then with 8:05 left in the second quarter, Super Safety Eric Reid (6-2, 208, 4.4) stepped in front of a Stephen Rivers (6-7, 212, 4.8) pass and raced, untouched into the endzone for a 21-0 White Team lead after the kick by Drew Alleman was good. Later in the quarter, Alleman kicked a 43-yard field goal for the Purple Team. This made the score 21-3.
One of the greatest Plays-of-the-Game was a great streak-pass pattern down the right sideline from Mettenberger to Super wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The precision was perfect and Landry (5-11, 190, 4.45) caught the football in stride near the sideline and then tip-toed down the sideline for an extra six or seven yards to complete the 32-yard play down to the Purple Team 10-yard line. This play happened about ten-yards in front of me.
On the next play, Mettenberger seemed to lob a perfect fade-pass pattern to Shepard into the deep corner of the endzone, but free safety Ronald Martin (6-1, 199, 4.4) had other plans as he stepped in front of the pass for an interception and then raced down the right sideline before Mettenberger could stop him at the forty-yard line.
Martin lives seven miles from me and he was a Super Star at my 2010 Super Elite Top Gun Camp. If you will take a really good look at the Super Elite Top Gun Camp photo, you will see him jumping at least four feet off of the ground in catching the football in the photo. Martin was also a distinct, rare member of the Top Gun 40-40 Club as he recorded a 40-inch vertical jump and a 4.0 pro-shuttle. Martin also recorded six tackles in this LSU Spring Game to go with his 40-yard interception return. Beckham was in the Top Gun 38-38 Club with a 38-inch vertical jump and a 4.32 in the forty.
Another great Play-of-the-Game was a play in the first quarter with 37-seconds left when wide receiver James Wright was running a cross-pattern and Mettenberger under-threw him. Wright (6-2, 201, 4.46) made some very quick adjustments and dived back for the football and made the incredible catch with his body perpendicular to the ground for the 14-yard completion.
One of my favorite LSU football players, along with Martin and Beckham, is Armand Williams. He played in my 2010 All-American Bowl Game and when he caught four passes in the All-American Bowl Game for an incredible 212-yards, he was voted as the MVP of the Game. At an earlier 2009 Max Emfinger Super Combine in Zachary, Louisiana, Williams (6-3, 200, 4.5) did what is believed to be a world record 139-inch Standing Broad Jump. In the LSU Spring Game, Williams led the Purple Team with four pass catches for 43-yards, including a 17-yard catch with two defenders hanging on him.
Although the Eric Reid interception and Ronald Martin interception in the endzone were two of the biggest defensive Plays-of-the-Game, there were at least two other huge defensive plays in the game. In the third quarter, DE Justin Maclin (6-4, 241, 4.6) chased-down QB Jerrard Randall (6-1, 180, 4.6) and caught him on the right sideline for a seven-yard sack.
The other big Defensive Plays-of-the-Game was when True Freshman linebacker and recent enrollee Lamar Louis (6-0, 220, 4.6) grabbed a tipped pass off of the fingertips of tight end Tyler Edwards and raced 74-yards, untouched, for a touchdown. Louis recorded five tackles to go with interception. Another true freshman and recent enrollee Ronnie Feist (6-2, 225, 4.6) recorded seven tackles for the Purple Team.
In Conclusion: QB Zach Mettenberger completed 14 of 25 passes for 270-yards and two touchdowns. WR Odell Beckham caught 3 passes for 115-yards and a touchdown; WR Jarvis Landry caught 6 passes for 120-yards; and WR Armand Williams caught 4 passes for 43-yards. RB Alfred Blue (6-2, 215, 4.5) rushed for 73-yards on 9 carries; RB Kenny Hilliard (5-11, 240, 4.6) rushed for 51-yards on 8 carries; and RB Jeremy Hill (6-2, 225, 4.6) rushed for 37-yards on 6 carries.
From a sideline observation, two of the best looking physical specimens on the LSU Football Team were #99 DE Sam Montgomery (6-4, 250, 4.6) and #88 TE Chase Clement (6-5, 251, 4.7). The top two players out of The Tunnel to start the game were #74 OG Josh Williford (6-7, 324) and #70 OG La’El Collins (6-5, 320).