Mettenberger learns lesson of public life the hard way

Zach Mettenberger (center) just took a hit in Georgia's 2010 quarterback race with Logan Gray (left) and Aaron Murray. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

Zach Mettenberger (center) took a hit in Georgia's quarterback race with Logan Gray (left) and Aaron Murray. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC)

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.

305 comments Add your comment

WinderDogg

March 8th, 2010
11:40 am

He was on recruiting trip to VSU….will end up there anyway after sitting behind Murray

WinderDogg

March 8th, 2010
11:42 am

Rectal Bleeding

March 8th, 2010
11:43 am

oldfart

March 8th, 2010
11:45 am

Having a fake ID in Athens is dead common. Being caught with it given Richt’s recent criticism of running a loose ship may prove harmful to his quarterbacking future. He ain’t Stafford.

Rectal Bleeding

March 8th, 2010
11:45 am

Oh…..UGA football……Not very relevant any more.

jokurone

March 8th, 2010
11:49 am

Spring break early, better now than during the season. I see many laps around Sanford……

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

March 8th, 2010
11:50 am

better now than right before a rivalry game with him as the starter . not saying he would have been the starter but if he happened to win the job and be leading the DAWGS to a 10 win season then the timing would have be worse. so I am making up a bright side in other words .

Clay

March 8th, 2010
11:51 am

Send him to prison! Put UGA on probation! Jeez…

Sucking Down the Suds

March 8th, 2010
11:59 am

Using fake ID’s is not advisable. Especially off-campus and away from Athens. It looks like common sense was also on Spring Break for a certain Dawg. Just another day in the neighborhood.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 8th, 2010
12:00 pm

Gotta love seeing UGA’s last two starting quarterback’s spooning each other at a NASCAR event. That’s classy.

Since UGA can’t win a NC, maybe they’re going to see if they can break their own record for arrests in a single year. They’re off to a great start!

Dorsey Hill

March 8th, 2010
12:02 pm

At least we know that Coach Bobo can relate to Zach’s situation. Aaron was the guy anyway so no big deal.

Salad Days

March 8th, 2010
12:06 pm

The big question remains: Why was he spending spring break in Valdosta?

DawgOne

March 8th, 2010
12:07 pm

Hope Richt throws the book at him and uses him as an example for other knuckleheads on the team who are thinking about doing knucklehead stuff.

Bob Didier caught here

March 8th, 2010
12:08 pm

This is troubling……troubling indeed.

Being a high profile athlete and displaying a high level of maturity doesn’t seem to go hand in hand in this situation.

Jeff, when will these young men understand that a pretty strong magnifying glass is on every move they make….

Next

March 8th, 2010
12:08 pm

From a UGA dad and UGA alumnus, NO BIG DEAL. He is young, and in college and full of vinegar, as my Gator born and bred Dad and Granddad used to say. Oh well ………….NEXT !!

Then, there were two ……………..go Dogs. The Lassiiter Frosh QB is getting ready faster than he thought. This is why a young QB needs to THINK THAT HE WILL BE the starter.

No big deal.
Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Dogs. Slurp em, I mean Sic Em.

Jacket Man

March 8th, 2010
12:08 pm

Suprise, surprise. Typical red neck Bulldog.

Next

March 8th, 2010
12:10 pm

Zack probably had a date ………something that techies simply cannot relate to.

30-24 and it keeps on keeping on about tech and their middle school triple break O.

Go Dogs.

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

March 8th, 2010
12:11 pm

so……

what you’re saying is……

college kids drink on Spring Break!!!

OMG!!!!!!!! What is the world coming to!!!!

You morons who think this is a big deal are truly showing your envy of UGA football.

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60-39-5
We Run This State

GO DAWGS!!!!

toga

March 8th, 2010
12:15 pm

Richt has lost control. Sinking ship.

Roll Tide

goldwreck

March 8th, 2010
12:16 pm

His mother works in the Georgia Athletic Department office.I wonder if she called in sick today.

David

March 8th, 2010
12:18 pm

The rules have changed Jeff, and college football players can be caught in these situations. With the internet, cell phone cameras, there is no privacy. It may not be right, but it is the world we live in.

Paul in RDU

March 8th, 2010
12:18 pm

Kids will be kids. As the father of a college freshman who is in Panama City this week on break, I’m just glad that I haven’t gotten any calls from the police.

Shreveport Sociology

March 8th, 2010
12:19 pm

Just give Joe Cox one more year of eligibility.

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Dawgs2010

March 8th, 2010
12:19 pm

He made a mistake and thought he was in Adel. Once it was determined he was stuck in Remerton, he became disorderly and got himself arrested because the taxi driver wouldn’t drive him to Adel.

Or another scenario is he thought that Lynyrd Skynyrd was at Wild Adventures this weekend, but they are really coming next weekend on the 13th.

Either way, South Georgia was not kind to the North Georgia boy.

GT

March 8th, 2010
12:20 pm

11-3 runs this state.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 8th, 2010
12:23 pm

Next:

Looks like Stafford had a hot date in these pictures. But he ended up choosing Joe Cox AKA The Sherminator. I bet the hot girl was Sherm’s sister…

BrokeBackJacket

March 8th, 2010
12:23 pm

Unbelievable…19 year old college student on spring break arrested for underage drinking..had 2 fake id’s, and was more than likely drunk and tried to pull away from arresting officers..thus the resisting charges!!!

Now, what is truly unbelievable is that the AJC has had 3 articles posted already in regards to this matter! real journalism!

Was Mett “dumb”? Yes! Will he pay dearly? Yes! Did he do anything that a large majority of college students all over the country do not do….and did not do when we were that age? NO!

When I was at GSU in Statesboro in the 70’s…if the law enforcement people had pursued…looked for…this sort of thing like they do now…..half the student body would have still been in jail every Monday..hell they could have done away with Monday classes!

Many of you so called “adults” on here need to seriously get a life!

3DawgKnight

March 8th, 2010
12:25 pm

It’s a shame he didn’t stay in Milledgeville so his older brother
could look after him…what?…Mett…not Roeth? …Same weekend?
Never mind.

Salad Days

March 8th, 2010
12:26 pm

That would explain it, Dawgs2010!

Not so fast

March 8th, 2010
12:26 pm

Actually, 30-24 runs this state. Go get on your own blog GT. Oh that’s right, nobody cares about GT football.

Jeff Schultz

March 8th, 2010
12:26 pm

WinderDogg — Are you starting a rumor with that VSU thing?

All I'm Saying Is...

March 8th, 2010
12:26 pm

Here’s a little tip to all you brain deprived athletes especially high profile starting quarterback candidates: Take 16 ounce plastic cups along with you on spring break and have one of your entourage buddies fill it with brew on your behalf and bring it to you. Never be seen near a keg. Same thing when you go into a bar. Let someone else do the buying and filling of your cup. Jeez, what a bunch of lunkheads.

Jeff Schultz

March 8th, 2010
12:28 pm

Bob Didier — Those who don’t understand that right away usually come to understand it after something like this.

All I'm Saying Is...

March 8th, 2010
12:28 pm

Hope he can read a blitz better than a bust.

mgdawg

March 8th, 2010
12:29 pm

First, the arrest itself isn’t that bad. As it has been mentioned, it happens all the time in college towns.

What scares me though is this is really dumb of Mettenberger. This guy has a chance to be the starting qb next year for UGA and spring practice has started. Take care of your body, I know it is spring break but you can take advantage of that in the upcoming years. You need to be at your best right now and in the fall, don’t do anything dumb right now that can mess up your chances. Who is to say that thursday before the tech game that he doesn’t go out on the town? It just isn’t very smart.

The Captain

March 8th, 2010
12:30 pm

What we have here is, failure to commun’cate.

Some men you just can’t reach.

This is the way he wants it, well, he gets it.

And I don’t like it anymore than you men.

UGA 82

March 8th, 2010
12:30 pm

No one ever has a drink before the age of 21, so he should be sent to jail until he is of age! That’s about how ridiculous this story is and how the justice system handles this situation. As long as he was not behind the wheel or causing harm to another individual, it should be a citation with a large fee associated with it. Meanwhile our justice system continues to let felons roam the streets. I feel for these kids that they don’t get to experence some of the college mistakes and blunders that we all make and learn from without having the police department involved. Sounds like the South GA PD wanted to make headlines and sure enough ajc obliged.

Sissy Dawg

March 8th, 2010
12:33 pm

Nothing chanhes! The same old one game meaningless suspenshion in a meaningless game (University of Louisiana-Lafayette). No discipline equals no coaching and chaos on the field.

cherokee

March 8th, 2010
12:34 pm

Diamond Dog’s Parole Officer …but nobody will ever beat UF in that category either. At least he wasn’t sleeping when he was arrested.

fact checking 101

March 8th, 2010
12:35 pm

Jeff…this is once again about putting himself(fun times) ahead of the agenda at UGA. Stay home and drink ..play video games….get a workout in…..but public consumption of alcohol while competing for the staring QB job at an SEC School…not very smart decision making process.

I hope he reads defensive coverage better than his drinking coverage and ID formatting.

Once again another player or athlete putting themselves ahead of the responsiblity of being a Starting SEC Quarterback…at QB everyone knows who you are and what and how you act.

Tiger I got Wood

March 8th, 2010
12:36 pm

Misdemeanor. My GAWD! Let’s ratchet him up by the bawls, waterboard him and toss him in the Okefenokee. How dare he! A college kid with the audacity to show up in Remerton and drink a few beers. I really didn’t give a fat ratsazz who would win the QB spot at UGA but now, without a doubt, I hope it’s Mettenberger.

P.S. I know Remerton. A police force of Barney Fifes with nothing left to do but harass bar patrons

fact checking 101

March 8th, 2010
12:39 pm

Tiger I got Wood…yeah but he is still the ONLY one responsible for his actions..and clearly he is not smart enough to run with a better group of friends who would protect him,,,,

Leadership means Greater Responsibility

JMar

March 8th, 2010
12:40 pm

“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.”

Just to be clear, has Logan Gray been arrested at some point?

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

March 8th, 2010
12:40 pm

the fact that an underaged college kid was drinking at a bar, doesn’t change the fact that Tech got run all over on Nov 28th, 2009.

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What do GT and uG fans have in common?

March 8th, 2010
12:43 pm

They both love talking GEORGIA TECH FOOTBALL on BLOG POSTS ABOUT uG ARRESTS.

Tiger I got Wood

March 8th, 2010
12:43 pm

fact check… he is a 19 year old kid and this isn’t nuclear science. From what I personally know of Remerton, he was likely behaving and minding his own business. There are far worse things he could have been doing besides carrying a fake id and having a few beers. How many college kids do not have a fake id? Not very many.

Time Out

March 8th, 2010
12:43 pm

I saw some pictures of Stafford on some boat with about 15+ Grade A chicks. He gets more action than all the NERDS at Tech combined.

The Watergirl

March 8th, 2010
12:49 pm

I lived in Remerton for a couple of yrs. it is known as a “city within a city”. Remerton is the size of a hole in the wall, but has a full Police Staff that does nothing but harass bar patrons. There only source of revenue is writing tickets and arrests. It is widely known do not drink and drive because you will get caught!!!! Mettenberger has to be more intelligent than this

Go Dawgs!!

Let’s hope this isnt a sign of Richt’s so-called attempt at more discipline

LAKE OCONEE JOSH NESBITT SUPPORTER

March 8th, 2010
12:49 pm

Jacket Man:
They beat our fannies fair and square…We could have run the triple option down the field, and run out the clock, scored and won…But we had to unveil the passing game we never had, BAYBAY drop the ball, and that is that….Maybe next year we can get them in Athens…..