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Friday, March 8, 2013
LSU's Mettenberger has most to prove

By Chris Low

LSU's Zach Mettenberger is the quarterback in the SEC with the most to prove to this spring, according to the fans.

With nearly 7,000 votes cast in our SportsNation poll, Mettenberger received 31 percent of the vote. Florida's Jeff Driskel was second with 27 percent. Auburn's Kiehl Frazier was third with 20 percent followed by Missouri's James Franklin with 12 percent and Tennessee's Justin Worley with 10 percent.

Mettenberger came on toward the end of last season and played three of his best games in November against Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. But he still wound up 12th in the SEC in passing efficiency and completed just 58.8 percent of his passes. As important as it is for Mettenberger to have a big spring and offseason, the people around him need to play better, too. The LSU receivers need to make more plays and not have as many drops, and the Tigers also need to do a better job of protecting Mettenberger. They gave up 32 sacks in 13 games last season, which was 10th in the league.

It's a similar story with Driskel, who was up and down throwing the ball last season. But he didn't get any help from his receivers, and the Gators were last in the SEC with 39 sacks allowed in 13 games.

Franklin is coming back from an injury-plagued season, while Frazier and Worley will both be locked into fierce battles for starting jobs this spring.