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Stunner: UGA dismisses QB Mettenberger

And then there were two.

In a stunning turn of events, Georgia has dismissed quarterback Zach Mettenberger from their football program.  The release issued by the school this afternoon gave no specifics, instead giving the standard line of a “violation of team rules.”

Mettenberger had already been suspended for the season opener following an arrest in early March in which he was hit with five misdemeanor charges, including underage consumption and disorderly conduct.  Obviously, it’s uncertain at this point in time whether the dismissal was related to the previous incident or if a new incident prompted head coach Mark Richt to boot a QB who was perhaps the Bulldogs’ best player at the position this spring.

Common sense, though, would seem to indicate that the redshirt freshman had another issue that pushed Richt to make this decision.

Mettenberger had been in a battle with Aaron Murray and Logan Gray throughout the spring and, at least statistically, seemed to have an edge over the other two competitors, with the exception of the fact that, ya know, he would not be able to play in the opener.

The surprising move would seem to clear the way for Murray — the favorite heading into spring — to solidify a somewhat tenuous hold on the job, at least until summer camp starts.

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13 Responses to “Stunner: UGA dismisses QB Mettenberger”
  1. funi says: Apr 18, 2010 5:49 PM

    You can’t drink moonshine in Ga???

  2. rolltide says: Apr 18, 2010 6:10 PM

    Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution “Georgia associate athletics director Claude Felton told the AJC late this afternoon that “there was not a new incident involving Zach.””.
    Seems a bit odd, maybe just an attitude/buy-in thing.

  3. GeorgiaBulldog83 says: Apr 18, 2010 7:12 PM

    This is one way for Mark Richt to eliminate a Georgia starting QB controversy, kick the best performing QB off of the team. Now he won’t have to make a controversial decision and have 50% of the Georgia boosters mad at him in September.

  4. sga ugly dawg says: Apr 18, 2010 9:36 PM

    As bad as I hate to say this. Mettenberger looked pretty dang good in the spring game. I was a little skeptical about his attitude going into the game. I really feel like if he is causung problems now. It is better to let him go now. This way maybe UGA would not be under any investigation from the NCAA. My hat is off to Coach Richt. I would not want his job.

  5. Skin_Flute says: Apr 18, 2010 10:31 PM

    Maybe Mettenberger learned his ABCs and Richt felt frightened.

  6. WingT says: Apr 19, 2010 7:41 PM

    Richt has always run a “no nonsense” type of program. Georgia is lucky to have such a good coach.
    Whatever the kid did , I am sure that he needed to be kicked off the team. Maybe he can land at Florida where their rules are a lot less stringent.

  7. lakesidegator says: Apr 19, 2010 8:00 PM

    WingT is such a dumas that he still carries the name of an outdated offensive formation. Get out of the shadows, Mr. Retro. Who does ya pull for if not the Gators?

  8. WingT says: Apr 20, 2010 9:21 AM

    @lakesidegator
    Surely even you will acknowledge that Florida has always been extremely lenient on handing out discipline to their players.
    Example – the eye gauge – 1/2 a game for crying out loud.
    I pull for a lot of teams such as Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, VaTech to name a few. But I am always partial to Bama. I especially liked the way that Alabama smashed Florida with the run in the SEC championship game. The Wing T was built for smash mouth football.
    Roll Tide

  9. gladenole says: Apr 20, 2010 11:32 AM

    Next time maybe he wont fool around with coaches wife

  10. Sweeptheleg says: Apr 20, 2010 3:14 PM

    Murray would’ve won the starting job I believe and then Mettenburger would’ve transfered. This could be nothing unless Murray gets injured and then UGA could be up the creek.
    Mettenburger is believe to have lied to Coach Richt about he incident and it probably wasn’t the first time the guy has shown a very slack attitude towards football.
    Also, a big QB prospect from the Carolina’s has shown more interest in Georgia since Mettenburger dismissal. Many factors could have played out here. Especially, Coach Richt’s desire to get tough on his program that has been plagued with problems in the pass few seasons.

  11. Bious says: Apr 20, 2010 4:46 PM

    Unlike other schools, Richt takes action when kids go over-the-line with anything serious
    Kudos to Richt

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  13. It’s official: Mettenberger to miss LSU’s bowl game with knee injury | CollegeFootballTalk says: Dec 4, 2013 1:33 PM

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