Mettenberger injured his left knee while unloading a 32-yard completion in the fourth quarter of No. 14 LSU’s 31-27 victory over Arkansas last Friday, and coach Les Miles confirmed the severity of the injury on Wednesday.
Mettenberger will require surgery and his rehabilitation will take place when he would have been preparing for next spring’s NFL Draft.
ACC AWARDS: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston picked up two more individual awards from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The ACC on Wednesday selected Winston as both its overall and offensive player of the year, one day after he was picked as rookie of the year.
Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald also was voted the ACC’s defensive player of the year.
Winston is the first redshirt freshman in the 61-year history of the league to win the award.
He received 47 of 65 votes from members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association for the overall award. Boston College running back Andre Williams had 13 votes and Donald had four.
Winston led the Seminoles to a No. 1 ranking and a berth in the ACC Championship Game opposite No. 20 Duke.
He leads the nation with a 192.6 pass efficiency rating, is tops in the ACC with 3,490 yards passing and 35 touchdown passes and has emerged as a leading Heisman candidate.
GRAMBLING STATE: Named current McNeese State tight ends coach Broderick Fobbs as its next head coach, hoping he can not only win but also heal a strained relationship between players and the administration.
Fobbs, whose hiring was announced Wednesday, will remain with McNeese through the Cowboys’ second-round FCS playoff game Saturday. He’ll then take over for Dennis “Dirt” Winston, who was Grambling’s second interim coach of 2013, a season defined by a midseason player walkout that forced the cancellation of Jackson State’s homecoming game in October.