LSU star quarterback Zach Mettenberger tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Arkansas and won't play in the Tigers' bowl game, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.
Although the timing of the injury is obviously bad, Mettenberger still carries first-round grades with at least two NFL scouting directors, according to sources.
Mettenberger is expected to undergo surgery to repair the damage soon. The hope is that he'll be able to audition in some capacity for NFL teams prior to the draft.
In his first year playing for LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, a former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator and Miami Dolphins head coach, Mettenberger had an outstanding senior year, passing for 22 touchdowns and 3,082 yards for a 171.45 quarterback rating.
Mettenberger threw just eight interceptions this season.
For his career, Mettenberger has 5,783 yards, 35 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.