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.