BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) — If Zach Mettenberger is excited about returning to the place his football career began, he’s not showing it. At least not yet.
“It’s more convenient than anything. My parents won’t have to drive ten hours to watch me play and after the game it will only be an hour to get home. But, I'll treat it like it's a business trip,” Mettenberger said.
In his first collegiate start in his home state Mettenberger hopes to make a statement in front of family and friends.
"For all of our friends and family that haven't seen us play in person, really we just want to go out and show the world what we can do. We are not in state guys here at LSU. We don't get to play in front of our friends and family every week,” he added.
But he says he feels like he does.
“I really view LSU and Baton rouge to be my home more so than Watkinsville and Athens,” the junior quarterback said.
"I don't know that it’s important that he play well here because the great thing is home is LSU too,” head coach Les Miles said Monday in a press conference in Atlanta for the Chic-fil-A bowl.
“He is a Georgia boy and I think the hometown thing will just make him raise his level of play. We feed off him so I hope he is ready,” sophomore receiver Jarvis Landry said with a smile.
With over a month to prepare one may think he will be ready.
“First and foremost we want to get the win. That will really set the tone as to how the rest of the night goes. If we get a win, it will be much better to hang out with my family after,” Zach said.
Then maybe he’ll show a little excitement.