Deke: Tigers expected to fare well this season
As the 2012 college football season approaches the preseason accolades are coming in for the Bayou Bengals. Last week eleven LSU football players were selected to earn All Southeastern Conference honors for the 2012 college football season.
The Tigers are once again highly thought of in the nation's toughest conference after winning the SEC last season without a blemish on their conference record. The Tigers have several big time players back on offense, defense and special teams after going 13-1 last season... with their lone loss a 21-0 setback to Alabama in the BCS National Championship game.
LSU opens their season on Saturday, September 1st when they entertain the University of North Texas. But perhaps even with all the honors the Tigers are getting, the most hype - and in turn the biggest question mark - surrounds the Tigers new signal caller.
Yes, for the first time in four seasons LSU will have a new face under center. Zach Mettenberger comes in with high credentials as he was once going to be the starting quarterback for the University of Georgia.
After an off field incident, Georgia Coach Mark Richt dismissed Mettenberger from the UGA team. After a stint at the JUCO ranks, Zach resurfaced in Baton Rouge. Now Mettenberger will be the Tigers starting QB, and he has no one currently challenging him for playing time.
Zach recently participated in the 2012 Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State University last weekend. Mettenberger was one of several of the nation's most talked about QB's in college football to attend the camp. Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, along with USC QB Matt Barkley, were among the others.
Over the past four seasons, the LSU passing game has been inconsistent and flat out bad at times. Now it looks like Mettenberger will be the player that helps LSU overcome.
Media at the SEC Media Days have also picked LSU to win its second straight Southeastern Conference championship. The Tigers were the top vote getter in the Western Division, beating out Alabama - the team that beat LSU in the national championship game in January.
LSU is in just about every major publication's top three. That includes the 2012 USA Today Preview that has the Tigers playing the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans in the BCS Championship in Miami in January.
LSU is preseason ranked #2 according to Athlon's Magazine and the Tigers are #1 across the board in the SEC West, the overall SEC rankings and #1 in the nation according to Lindy's. Phil Steele has the Tigers ranked #3 to start the season.