April 11th, 2011 11:51 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: LSU
Tags: Jarrett Lee, Joe Montana, LSU, QB
When former Georgia-turned-juco quarterback Zach Mettenberger inked with LSU, visions of touchdown passes danced in Tiger fans’ heads. Gone were the up-and-down, frustrating days of Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee… in was a new prototypical passer and a brand new offensive coordinator who’s expected to take more shots down the field.
But here’s the thing about dreams that dance in your head — eventually you have to wake up.
This spring, Les Miles has made it clear that Jefferson — who struggled mightily at times last season — was keeping a tight grip on the starter’s job. That had to be a wake-up for Tiger fans. Which means Jefferson’s performance in Saturday’s spring game had to feel like a bucket of cold water to the face. Or like waking up on the locked roof of a Las Vegas casino, for you fans of “The Hangover.”
Instead of the new-and-improved Jefferson, fans saw the same guy who disappointed last season. LSU’s starting QB was 4 of 14 for 102 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
Meanwhile, Mettenberger completed 5 of 8 passes for 86 yards including a well-thrown 60-yard touchdown toss. Instead of seeing for themselves what Miles had been saying, the folks in purple and gold saw what they wanted to see all along — Mettenberger looking better than Jefferson.
For now, it sounds like Jefferson will still be the Tigers’ starter when the season kicks off against Oregon in Arlington, Texas. That’s not all bad as the Tigers finished a flashy 11-2 last season. He might not be Joe Montana, but the Tigers can win games with Jefferson at QB.
Also, Tiger supporters got just one view of Jefferson this spring. Basically, it was one practice out of 15 and that’s just not enough data to make an informed decision.
Unfortunately for Jefferson and Miles, that one practice looked a whole lot like what LSU fans saw from #9 for most of last season.
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