Zach Mettenberger is looking forward to the day when people begin to judge him on what he's doing instead of what he's done.
After a tumultuous — and brief — stint with Georgia and a year in junior college to repair his image, Mettenberger will take the field as LSU's starting quarterback against North Texas on Saturday. And it will be a relief. But in March ofMettenberger was arrested outside of a local bar after allegedly grabbing the breasts and buttocks of a woman, and also was charged with Mettenberger sexual battery charges consumption and possession of alcohol, possessing fake identification and disorderly conduct-obstruction.
He ultimately pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery, the alcohol-related charges were dropped, and he was sentenced to two concurrent, month probationary periods under the state of Georgia's first-offender act.
A new season of college football is upon us ]. Mettenberger said it was his lowest point and out of character. I've definitely matured a lot since then and I keep on maturing from here on out.
Coach Mark Richt dismissed Mettenberger from the team in April and Mettenberger thought his football career was over before it even got started. Mettenberger found himself at Butler Community College in Kansas with the opportunity for a second chance and he made the most of it.
He threw for 2, yards and 32 touchdowns and just
Mettenberger sexual battery charges interceptions, which caught the eye of several FBS coaches including LSU coach Les Miles, who had been keeping a watchful eye on Mettenberger from the time he was dismissed. And I'm grateful to him for that. Mettenberger joined LSU last year and while many clamored for him to start, Miles kept him in the background, away from reporters and allowed him to get his mind back on SEC football.
Mettenberger did appear in five games and completed 8-of passes for 92 yards and a score, but despite opinions from outsiders, Mettenberger said he never thought he should be starting ahead of Jordan Jefferson or Jarrett Lee. Even when the Tigers struggled against Alabama in the national title game, Mettenberger knew his time would eventually come.
Ex-women's soccer goalie fails to make LSU football team ]. We had two very capable guys lead us to a start and we're not just gonna pull those two guys for a first-year guy when they keep winning.
So, it's hard to say that things would have changed had I played last year.
But LSU will get a do-over of sorts this year as the Tigers find themselves at the top of the national rankings and once again one of the favorites to win it all. But Mettenberger knows this season is about a lot than just winning ballgames, it's about redemption and reclaiming the person he was when he was challenging for the starting role at
Mettenberger sexual battery charges. He knows his past mistakes might never be forgotten — or even forgiven — but he's hoping to show everyone that one incident doesn't define who he is.
People close to me know that I've changed and if I keep progressing like I am and just maturing then everybody will see that.
You go through things and you learn from them. Everybody goes through things and they're all different. As long as you can learn from them, you can become a better person and I definitely believe that I am.
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