Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Is Zach Mettenberger a Heisman Trophy contender?

Zach Mettenberger on Saturday vs. Miss State. Photo: Bleacher Report.

Would an LSU victory over cross-division rival Florida make Tiger starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger a contender for the Heisman Trophy? That's what LSU head football coach Les Miles was asked by a reporter during a press conference on Monday.

"Q. With Florida being the number one defensive team in the SEC, if Zach were to have an exceptional game, would you be in favor of allowing him to be promoted for the Heisman Trophy or some other such? And how do you handle something like that when a player gets to that point? Is it a difficult thing for you?

COACH MILES: No, it's not a difficult thing for me. I was around Desmond Howard as a Heisman Trophy winner. I would expect that Zach would handle that kind of scrutiny, if you will, pretty well, considering the things that he's already kind of handled very well in this season.

But, again, I think we're cart before the horse there. I think you'll find that all those people that are in the running for national awards, their team does extremely well. If that continues, I think that there will be a large number of national awards for Zach as well as other guys."

Miles is doing the right thing here in putting Mettenberger's Heisman hopes in perspective. The SEC already has three Heisman QB candidates in Alabama's A.J. McCarron, Georgia's Aaron Murray, and last year's winner, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel. It will take a lot between now and the end of the season for Mettenberger to catch up to them.

(via The New Orleans Times Picayune)

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