Zach Mettenberger has two fake IDs and drinks beer, even though he’s not 21. Just taking a wild guess: He doesn’t stand out in Athens.
But yes, there is a problem here. Mettenberger is a Georgia quarterback. So the fact that he has been charged with five misdemeanors, all stemming from underage drinking, is going to make news, particularly when he is part of a quarterback debate. Or at least was.
You may recall Matthew Stafford had several embarrassing pictures of himself show up on the Internet, the most significant ones being of him holding up a keg at Talladega Speedway. He was a 19-year-old freshman. We can debate what this showed about Stafford: Absolutely nothing at all or possible signs of immaturity. But the point is that pictures and stories like this don’t help the program.
I don’t know Mettenberger. He might be a great kid. But he’s only 18 years old, and based on charges of underage consumption/possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct, obstruction and two counts of having a fake identification, one would imagine coach Mark Richt will take this into consideration. It’s no longer just about how Mettenberger throws the down-and-out.
Aaron Murray, another redshirt freshman, might have won the quarterback battle, any way, over Mettenberger and Logan Gray. But he probably takes the lead now merely because he hasn’t been arrested yet.
This is life as a high profile college athlete. If he was just a sociology major, nobody would care.