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Zach Mettenberger
QB #7
Height:
6-5
Weight:
224
Age:
24
College:
LSU
Hometown:
Watkinsville, GA
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2014):

TDS
8
INT
7
YDS
1,412
RTG
83.4

Biography

 
PRO: The Titans traded up in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft to select Louisiana State signal caller Zach Mettenberger.  By midseason of his rookie campaign, he was starting.  His rookie totals included 1,412 yards and eight touchdowns as a passer in seven games (six starts). A two-year starter in college, the 6-foot-5-inch, 224-pound right-hander possesses the toughness, competitiveness and arm strength to succeed at the pro level.  

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2014, Mettenberger became the third quarterback in franchise history to start at least six games as a rookie, joining Dan Pastorini (eight in 1971) and Vince Young (13 in 2006).  
•    Of the six NFL rookies who started at least one game in 2014, Mettenberger ranked second with a passer rating of 83.4, trailing only Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater (85.2).  Mettenberger’s season passer rating also was the best in franchise history among rookie quarterbacks with a minimum of one start, topping the previous rookie record holder, Steve McNair (81.7 in 1995).
•    As a senior at Louisiana State, Mettenberger completed 192 of 296 passes for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, ranking second in the SEC in pass efficiency.
•    He was twice named a permanent team captain by his LSU teammates (2012 and 2013).
•    Became just the third player in LSU history to pass for 3,000 yards in a season in 2013 with 3,082 yards.  Was the only player in LSU history to have back-to-back seasons of 2,500 yards or more (threw for 2,609 yards in 2012).
•     Mettenberger’s career numbers for the Tigers include 5,783 passing yards (No. 6 in LSU history), 35 touchdowns (No. 5 in LSU history), 407 completions (No. 6 in LSU history) and 659 attempts (No. 7 in LSU history).

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Mettenberger is a big fan of 1970s and 1980s sports and watches a lot of ESPN Classic shows.  He lists basketball great Larry Bird as the person he would most like to meet.
•    He is an avid kayaker and would like to one day be an instructor.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Watkinsville, Ga., native was selected by the Titans in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:
•    Played in 30 games with 25 starts during his three-year career at Louisiana State and posted a 19-6 mark as a starting quarterback.   Became just the third player in LSU history to pass for 3,000 yards in a season in 2013 with 3,082 yards.  Is the only player in LSU history to have back-to-back seasons of 2,500 yards or more (threw for 2,609 yards in 2012).  Spent one year at Georgia before transferring to Butler (Kan.) Community College for the 2010 season.  Played one season at Butler Community College leading him team to an 11-1 record and a berth in the JUCO National Championship Game.
•    As a senior (2013), started all 12 regular season games for the Tigers, leading LSU to a 9-3 mark.  Was injured in fourth quarter of season-finale against Arkansas and missed the Outback Bowl.  Connected on 192 of 296 passes for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.  Ranked second in the SEC in pass efficiency behind Johnny Manziel (172.9) with a 171.4 rating.  Just the third player in school history to pass for 3,000-yards or more in a season joining Rohan Davey (3,347 in 2001) and JaMarcus Russell (3,129 in 2006).  Was the starting quarterback for the only team in SEC history with a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season.  Ranked third in school history with a 64.8 completion percentage in 2013 and eighth in completions (192).
•    As a junior (2012), started all 13 games, leading LSU to a 10-3 overall mark and to three wins over Top 25 teams.  Threw for 2,609 yards and 12 touchdowns on 207 of 352 passing.  Threw just seven interceptions and his 50:1 ratio of passes to interceptions rates as the best for a single-season in school history for quarterbacks with at least 300 attempts.  His 2,609 passing yards ranked as the fifth-highest total in school history.  Capped regular-season by throwing for 200 or more yards in four straight games, including three straight SEC games (298 vs. Alabama, 273 vs. Mississippi State, 282 vs. Ole Miss).
•    As a sophomore (2011), played in five games with no starts in his first season at Louisiana State.  Completed eight of 11 passes for 92 yards and his first career touchdown on a 19-yard strike to Kadron Boone against Northwestern State.  
•    As a freshman (2010), played one season at Butler Community College leading him team to an 11-1 record and a berth in the JUCO National Championship Game.  His team finished year ranked No. 2 in the nation.    Started all 12 games at Butler, throwing for 2,678 yards and 32 touchdowns with only four interceptions.  Connected on 176 of 299 passes for a 58.9 completion percentage.
•    As a freshman (2009), did not see any game action at Georgia before transferring to Butler (Kan.) Community College for the 2010 season.
•    Graduated from Louisiana State in December of 2013 with a general studies degree.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single and resides in Nashville.
•    Four-year letterwinner at Oconee County (Ga.) High School.  Graduated early and enrolled at Georgia in January of 2009.
•    As a senior, threw for 2,106 yards with 19 touchdowns and only six interceptions.  Also ran for four scores.  Was an Offense-Defense All-American selection as a senior and participated in the Hawai’i-Polynesian vs. Mainland All-American Bowl. Was also invited to the 2008 EA Sports Elite 11 Camp.
•    Received 2008 Atlanta-Journal Constitution Georgia 150, Super Southern 100, and Class AAA All-State honorable mention and was named MVP of Elite 11 Alabama Nike Camp.
•    Was the 2008 Offensive Player of the Year and Coaches Award recipient at Oconee.  Was selected for the All-County and All-Region first-team units.
•    As a junior, threw for 1,333 yards and 10 touchdowns while completing 117 of 189 attempts (61.9 percent).
•    As a sophomore, threw for four touchdowns and 671 yards, connecting on 53 of 86 attempts (61.6 percent) in five games under center.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”; (TV show) “Game of Thrones”; (actor) Vince Vaughn; (music artist) Red Hot Chili Peppers; (school subject) history; (car) Volkswagen van; (athlete as a child) Greg Maddux; (food) Mexican; and (pro sports team as a child) Atlanta Braves.
•    Born Zachary Rich Mettenberger on July 16, 1991 in Athens, Ga.
 
PRO: The Titans traded up in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft to select Louisiana State signal caller Zach Mettenberger.  By midseason of his rookie campaign, he was starting.  His rookie totals included 1,412 yards and eight touchdowns as a passer in seven games (six starts). A two-year starter in college, the 6-foot-5-inch, 224-pound right-hander possesses the toughness, competitiveness and arm strength to succeed at the pro level.  

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2014, Mettenberger became the third quarterback in franchise history to start at least six games as a rookie, joining Dan Pastorini (eight in 1971) and Vince Young (13 in 2006).  
•    Of the six NFL rookies who started at least one game in 2014, Mettenberger ranked second with a passer rating of 83.4, trailing only Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater (85.2).  Mettenberger’s season passer rating also was the best in franchise history among rookie quarterbacks with a minimum of one start, topping the previous rookie record holder, Steve McNair (81.7 in 1995).
•    As a senior at Louisiana State, Mettenberger completed 192 of 296 passes for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, ranking second in the SEC in pass efficiency.
•    He was twice named a permanent team captain by his LSU teammates (2012 and 2013).
•    Became just the third player in LSU history to pass for 3,000 yards in a season in 2013 with 3,082 yards.  Was the only player in LSU history to have back-to-back seasons of 2,500 yards or more (threw for 2,609 yards in 2012).
•     Mettenberger’s career numbers for the Tigers include 5,783 passing yards (No. 6 in LSU history), 35 touchdowns (No. 5 in LSU history), 407 completions (No. 6 in LSU history) and 659 attempts (No. 7 in LSU history).

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Mettenberger is a big fan of 1970s and 1980s sports and watches a lot of ESPN Classic shows.  He lists basketball great Larry Bird as the person he would most like to meet.
•    He is an avid kayaker and would like to one day be an instructor.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Watkinsville, Ga., native was selected by the Titans in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:
•    Played in 30 games with 25 starts during his three-year career at Louisiana State and posted a 19-6 mark as a starting quarterback.   Became just the third player in LSU history to pass for 3,000 yards in a season in 2013 with 3,082 yards.  Is the only player in LSU history to have back-to-back seasons of 2,500 yards or more (threw for 2,609 yards in 2012).  Spent one year at Georgia before transferring to Butler (Kan.) Community College for the 2010 season.  Played one season at Butler Community College leading him team to an 11-1 record and a berth in the JUCO National Championship Game.
•    As a senior (2013), started all 12 regular season games for the Tigers, leading LSU to a 9-3 mark.  Was injured in fourth quarter of season-finale against Arkansas and missed the Outback Bowl.  Connected on 192 of 296 passes for 3,082 yards and 22 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.  Ranked second in the SEC in pass efficiency behind Johnny Manziel (172.9) with a 171.4 rating.  Just the third player in school history to pass for 3,000-yards or more in a season joining Rohan Davey (3,347 in 2001) and JaMarcus Russell (3,129 in 2006).  Was the starting quarterback for the only team in SEC history with a 3,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season.  Ranked third in school history with a 64.8 completion percentage in 2013 and eighth in completions (192).
•    As a junior (2012), started all 13 games, leading LSU to a 10-3 overall mark and to three wins over Top 25 teams.  Threw for 2,609 yards and 12 touchdowns on 207 of 352 passing.  Threw just seven interceptions and his 50:1 ratio of passes to interceptions rates as the best for a single-season in school history for quarterbacks with at least 300 attempts.  His 2,609 passing yards ranked as the fifth-highest total in school history.  Capped regular-season by throwing for 200 or more yards in four straight games, including three straight SEC games (298 vs. Alabama, 273 vs. Mississippi State, 282 vs. Ole Miss).
•    As a sophomore (2011), played in five games with no starts in his first season at Louisiana State.  Completed eight of 11 passes for 92 yards and his first career touchdown on a 19-yard strike to Kadron Boone against Northwestern State.  
•    As a freshman (2010), played one season at Butler Community College leading him team to an 11-1 record and a berth in the JUCO National Championship Game.  His team finished year ranked No. 2 in the nation.    Started all 12 games at Butler, throwing for 2,678 yards and 32 touchdowns with only four interceptions.  Connected on 176 of 299 passes for a 58.9 completion percentage.
•    As a freshman (2009), did not see any game action at Georgia before transferring to Butler (Kan.) Community College for the 2010 season.
•    Graduated from Louisiana State in December of 2013 with a general studies degree.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single and resides in Nashville.
•    Four-year letterwinner at Oconee County (Ga.) High School.  Graduated early and enrolled at Georgia in January of 2009.
•    As a senior, threw for 2,106 yards with 19 touchdowns and only six interceptions.  Also ran for four scores.  Was an Offense-Defense All-American selection as a senior and participated in the Hawai’i-Polynesian vs. Mainland All-American Bowl. Was also invited to the 2008 EA Sports Elite 11 Camp.
•    Received 2008 Atlanta-Journal Constitution Georgia 150, Super Southern 100, and Class AAA All-State honorable mention and was named MVP of Elite 11 Alabama Nike Camp.
•    Was the 2008 Offensive Player of the Year and Coaches Award recipient at Oconee.  Was selected for the All-County and All-Region first-team units.
•    As a junior, threw for 1,333 yards and 10 touchdowns while completing 117 of 189 attempts (61.9 percent).
•    As a sophomore, threw for four touchdowns and 671 yards, connecting on 53 of 86 attempts (61.6 percent) in five games under center.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”; (TV show) “Game of Thrones”; (actor) Vince Vaughn; (music artist) Red Hot Chili Peppers; (school subject) history; (car) Volkswagen van; (athlete as a child) Greg Maddux; (food) Mexican; and (pro sports team as a child) Atlanta Braves.
•    Born Zachary Rich Mettenberger on July 16, 1991 in Athens, Ga.
 
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesPassingRushingFumbles
GGSCompAttYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
TOTAL 107 179 1,412 7.9 8 7 18 138 83.4 5 4 0.8 0 4 2
2014 TEN 7 6 107 179 1,412 7.9 8 7 18 138 83.4 5 4 0.8 0 4 2
Recent Games
WKOppResultPassingRushingFumbles
CompAttPctYdsAvgTDIntSckSckYRateAttYdsAvgTDFUMLost
1 @KC W 26-10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 DAL L 10-26 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @CIN L 7-33 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @IND L 17-41 2 5 40 17 3.4 0 1 0 0 10 -- -- -- -- -- --
5 CLE L 28-29 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 JAC W 16-14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @WAS L 17-19 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 HOU L 16-30 27 41 65.9 299 7.3 2 1 2 9 93.4 1 -1 -1 0 1 1
10 @BAL L 7-21 16 27 59.3 179 6.6 1 1 5 36 76 -- -- -- -- -- --
11 PIT L 24-27 15 24 62.5 263 11 2 1 0 0 110.2 -- -- -- -- -- --
12 @PHI L 24-43 20 39 51.3 345 8.8 2 1 5 46 88.1 2 -2 -1 0 1 0
13 @HOU L 21-45 13 19 68.4 184 9.7 1 1 1 14 95.1 1 8 8 0 -- --
14 NYG L 7-36 14 24 58.3 125 5.2 0 1 5 33 55 1 -1 -1 0 2 1
15 NYJ L 11-16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
16 @JAC L 13-21 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
17 IND L 10-27 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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