Zach Mettenberger made the media rounds after practice Monday, a bit surprised it seemed to be asked about the leg injury that left him limping through most of the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s 17-6 victory over Florida.
“I got a deep shin bruise,” Mettenberger said, referring to a hit by Gators’ linebacker Antonio Morrison with 11:30 left to play as he threw a pass to Jarvis Landry.
“The knee is fine.”
Mettenberger wears a protective knee brace on his left knee, but he said that wasn’t the issue Saturday.
Mettenberger said he took some shots, but had praise for the offensive line that kept him from being sacked in a Southeastern Conference game for the first time this season.
“Everybody is doing a fantastic job … keeping me clean in a game like that and giving Jeremy (Hill) room to run,” said Mettenberger, who leads No. 6-ranked LSU into a game Saturday at Ole Miss (6 p.m., ESPN2).
Hill led LSU’s offensive effort with 19 carries for 121 yards. Mettenberger completed just 9 of 17 passes for 152 yards, season lows for completions and yards and without a touchdown pass for the first time.
“There were a few throws I missed that I haven’t missed all year,” he said. “I’m definitely going to be working on that this week to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
LSU coach Les Miles said defensive end Jordan Allen, who had to be helped off the field in the fourth quarter, “tweaked” his ankle but should be ready to play Saturday.
Free safety Ronald Martin didn’t play against Florida because of an unspecified injury, replaced in the starting lineup by Corey Thompson. Miles said Martin would be available.
Meanwhile, at Ole Miss, if the Rebels are yelling after their 41-38 loss to Texas A&M last Saturday, it probably would be to say “Ouch!”
Freshman defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 recruit in 2013, is out with a hamstring injury, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. The other starting defensive end, C.J. Johnson, is also likely out.
Linebacker Serderius Bryant, the Rebels’ leading tackler with 55, was carted off with a concussion against A&M after lying motionless for several minutes. Starting tailback Jeff Scott re-injured a deep thigh bruise against A&M and had only four carries for 10 yards against the Aggies.
And backup quarterback Barry Brunetti, Ole Miss’ second-leading rusher, hurt his shoulder enough that the Rebels will apparently prepare freshman DeVante Kincade to play a role.
By all accounts, the trip to Baton Rouge last weekend was an enjoyable one for five-star cornerback prospect Adoree Jackson, who made his official visit to LSU.
Jackson, a 5-foot-10, 182-pound prospect from Gardenia (Calif.) Junipero Serra, filled his Twitter timeline with positive messages about his LSU visit, capped by a photo of him in the Tigers’ locker room wearing a No. 21 jersey.
“Ain’t This What Ya Been Waiting Foe (sic) ?” Jackson asked.
“Got Mad Love in Baton Rouge,” Jackson tweeted. “Crazy All The People That Knew Me !”
He also tantalized fans with a tweet that mentioned former LSU All-American cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, putting his name third on the list with a question mark.
“Greats in multiples of 3,” Jackson tweeted, a reference to Peterson’s No. 7, Mathieu’s No. 14 and his No. 21.
Jackson is rated No. 5 nationally by Scout, No. 6 by ESPN, No. 7 by Rivals and No. 19 by 24/7 Sports.
Jackson was the only prospect to take an official visit to LSU last weekend, but the Tigers got unofficials from top prospects like Edna Karr wide receiver Speedy Noil and defensive tackle Gerald Willis and John Curtis wide receiver Malachi Dupre.
‘Earthquake game’ revisited
Former Advocate sports editor Sam King and LSU geology and geophysics professor Juan Lorenzo will be on hand for a talk Tuesday at LSU’s Hill Memorial Library to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1988 LSU-Auburn “Earthquake Game.”
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free to the public. It is being held in conjunction with the LSU Libraries Special Collections’ current exhibit, “Saturday night in Tiger Stadium,” on display through Dec. 21.
Visitors will be able to see the seismogram from the 1988 game and purchase signed copies of King’s new book, “Tiger Beat: Covering LSU Sports for 35 years.”
The last word
“That reminds people that we have a physical offense. You have to bring your ‘A’ game to beat us.”