Big blow to Dogs offense: Mettenberger kicked off team!

Zach Mettenberger has been kicked off the team. (Bob Andres / AJC)

Zach Mettenberger has been kicked off the team. (Bob Andres / AJC)

UGA just made the announcement this afternoon. Not many details, but here it is:

“University of Georgia redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Mettenberger has been dismissed from the Bulldog football team according to a Sunday announcement by UGA head coach Mark Richt.

According to Richt, the dismissal is a result of violation of team rules.

A graduate of Oconee County High School in Watkinsville, Ga., Mettenberger had been issued a minimum one-game suspension by Richt following an alcohol-related arrest in March.”

Obviously, new details must have surfaced from the incident earlier this spring in which Mettenberger was arrested for underage drinking and having false IDs. Those don’t seem like charges that would get you kicked off the team, and it’s hard to believe Richt would have let him go through spring practice if he was going to dismiss him just for that.

And, of course, Mettenberger finished the spring with the best showing by a Georgia QB at G-Day.

Anyway, this leaves Georgia with just two quarterbacks until Hutson Mason gets on campus in August. Dogs fans better hope Aaron Murray really is the real deal!

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Mr Me

April 18th, 2010
5:08 pm

wow this is quite a blow, but Richt has to stand his ground on discipline

jeb adams

April 18th, 2010
5:08 pm

oh he is gonna be the real deal no doubt

joe cox

April 18th, 2010
5:11 pm

At least we know who the starter is going to be now.

g

April 18th, 2010
5:12 pm

These young men are not being prepared in high school for college. What a shame! Such a great opportunity wasted.

82Dawg

April 18th, 2010
5:12 pm

Sounds like CMR has had enough of players not going by the rules. Maybe this will wake the rest of them up. Way to go coach!!

Matt

April 18th, 2010
5:13 pm

Maybe now the coaches will give Hutson Mason a chance

PJ

April 18th, 2010
5:13 pm

I was one of the Murray bandwagoners ….. but damn this hurts, this mean Logan would be 2nd in the depth chart and no chance for him to move and help with depth at WR. Horrible news. Mason get here soon!

BobDog

April 18th, 2010
5:13 pm

Did he do something else, or is this from the original incident? It will be interesting to find out.

I am very disappointed. Mett was impressive in the spring game.

DAWG

April 18th, 2010
5:14 pm

It has to be a new incident, not from the one this past spring. I am sure that one of the stipulations of punishment had to be staying away from alcohol related problems and he must have failed to do so this past weekend.

SCREWBALL WILLIE

April 18th, 2010
5:14 pm

This is no doubt the work of that Pinko Commie Dr. Michael Adams and that Yellow Bug Head of SEC Officiating. The season aint even here yet and they’re already screwing the DAWGS out of wins. HUNKER DOWN DAWGS!!!

Goldtimer

April 18th, 2010
5:14 pm

And another one bites the dust. Stories like this just make it too easy to LOL at the sad state of affairs in Athens.

sam

April 18th, 2010
5:14 pm

Holy you know what!

CONFEDERATE DAWG

April 18th, 2010
5:15 pm

DAG GUM IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I Bleed White and Old Gold

April 18th, 2010
5:15 pm

Hooray for Richt! A man who means what he says!

Even a die hard Jacket can applaud a coach who instills real discipline for his team.

82Dawg

April 18th, 2010
5:16 pm

Goldtimer …go back to your board. Nobody here cares what you say. Just remember 8 of 9 and so on. Tech is the joke!

cedski

April 18th, 2010
5:16 pm

Buzzzed

April 18th, 2010
5:18 pm

Good for CMR for attempting to clean up the team. It takes some balls to dismiss your #1 QB and that should send a message (loud and clear) to the rest of the team.

PeachJam

April 18th, 2010
5:18 pm

Way to go Richt, this needs to happen when kids violate rules. Better now than in mid season. Murray was the answer anyway. Mett seemed to have an arrogance about him that didn’t serve him well in the end.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

April 18th, 2010
5:18 pm

CMR was told by a higher authority (AD or President) to kick him ot the curb. His history has shown that he’ll give multiple chances before dismissing them from the team. Even players who’ve committed assault/battery…

Gator Fan

April 18th, 2010
5:20 pm

Good job by Richt. I thought Mett would have won the job, as he is a better passer than Murray or Grey. But looks like Murray will have to use that mobility in the pocket and sharpen up that passing for the fall. dogs are probably going to be more of an alabama like team anyway, focus on the run and pass when they have to. Dogs should be more worried a/b their defense, with two good tailbacks, and a experienced O-line, their O should be fine.

Paul's Johnson

April 18th, 2010
5:20 pm

Unusually harsh discipline handed out by the ever-tanned one. But with the o-line and rb’s he’s got returning, cutting a QB loose isn’t going to hurt too much. As long as Murray stays healthy, though.

Paddy

April 18th, 2010
5:22 pm

It sounds like this was the last straw for CMR and this young man. If you can’t follow team rules as a SEC QB, he needs to play in the Sun Belt Conf. or the MEAC or someother league that is not as high profile. Hope he can turn this around!

Mr Me

April 18th, 2010
5:22 pm

And the haters come crawling out in 5,4,3,2 ……

Chris

April 18th, 2010
5:25 pm

Something else HAD to happen other than the incident in March. NO! I just typed over four cuss words,,,dang, gawldang, NO. Even though he was playing against the second team defense, some of those throws were Stafford like.

Man,,,you knew Murray would be your starter and he has a cannon of his own, possibly a better understanding of executing the offense and obviously more mobility, but god forbid Murray gets hurt, we’re in for another eight win year.
He must have really screwed up bad this time.

tw3a

April 18th, 2010
5:25 pm

This is what make Richt a great coach, he doesn’t let a bad apple rot in the basket he removes it so the rest can be what they suppose to be. No matter how talented you are.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

April 18th, 2010
5:26 pm

OH AND TO EVERYONE WHO TRIED CMR ABOUT KEEPIN LOGAN AT QB AND WASTING TIME, LOOKS LIKE HE WAS GONNA BE THERE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

LETS RIDE DAWGS, CHRISTIAN LEMAY DOOR JUST SWUNG A LILL MORE OPEN FOR YA

74Dawg

April 18th, 2010
5:26 pm

This is disappointing for fans, but it is just sad that the young man has placed himself in that position. Sad for him and his family. The truth is,we don’t really need to know what happened. All we need to know is that Coach Richt did what he felt was appropriate. Looks like an opening for another QB recruit this year.

uga1989

April 18th, 2010
5:27 pm

How much you wanna bet the Old Ball Coach is on the phone this afternoon?

Justafan

April 18th, 2010
5:28 pm

He who is without sin cast the first stone. You really got to respect Coach Richt for his decision. You got to right the ship before it sinks and to many have had trouble with the law. I really hope Zach gets a second chance with another school. Good kid just made a mistake.

zinoDawg

April 18th, 2010
5:28 pm

Something must have happened this weekend – he did something we don’t know about.Two strikes and you’re out.

Good message for the team – bad news for the kid. I hope Murray is the real deal – and I hope he doesn’t get hurt!

outsidelookingin

April 18th, 2010
5:28 pm

Gotta give CMR credit. He’s not gonna put up with any childish, immature high school antics. Even though it may mean putting the team in a bind. Ya gotta respect a coach like that.

General Mills

April 18th, 2010
5:32 pm

O well ,Kids have rules they have to live by if they want to be a Dawg..Coach Richt proves that he doesn’t play favorites..Four or five years of discipline to reap the rewards of playing at UGA and some can’t or won’t adhere to policies.Send them packing .It will benefit the program in the long run.I’m sure it is the right call.Good riddance.

Tom

April 18th, 2010
5:32 pm

Gee, will his mom get to keep her job?

kme

April 18th, 2010
5:33 pm

Seems like the dude was constantly having problems. I hear Hutson Madson is a good QB….Aaron Murray seems to have shown his stuff….and we must remember…there were 3 QBs vying for the top spot. This is like a season-ending injury…someone has to step up! Go DAWGS!

GT3O

April 18th, 2010
5:34 pm

That sucks. He looked the best in the G-Day game to me. He could really throw it down the field. As a GT fan I was much, much more afraid of him than Murray or Gray.

Hope you guys can turn it around and I am sure Richt will find a way to coach them up.

I am not here to heckle you fans, if GT is going to beat UGA I want it to be both teams at full strength with the best of the best on the field head to head. Kinda thought Mett was the best of the QB’s.

Glad to see Richt take a tough stand, that should send a message.

With that said, good luck to UGA in the SEC and Go Jackets!

Vote For Pedro

April 18th, 2010
5:35 pm

Is this a portent of some ON field discipline finally this fall? Hope so!

James

April 18th, 2010
5:37 pm

I’m a tech fan and not here to gloat.

Good for Richt. He needs a handle on discipline for this team, and this really shows he’s serious. OF course, maybe something really bad came out about ‘Mett and he didn’t have a choice, but still. Reflects well on the team that crap will not be tolerated. Good luck with that other kid (until Nov.)!

Frank Lane

April 18th, 2010
5:37 pm

Obviously something really serious surfaced. If so, best to act before the news is public. But what a blow. I thought for sure he was the starter.

Taylor

April 18th, 2010
5:38 pm

I am sure the UGA haters will love this, very sad for the guy though. What a waste of talent, hopefully he wakes up

rogeriter

April 18th, 2010
5:38 pm

I admire Coach for doing what he did. I was pulling for Mett to win the job but if he won’t play by the rules established by the coach. He needs to go. We need more coaches with this class! Football is more than just playing games. It is a preview of life to some degree. And we need more people with honor. They have to know there is a price for wrongdoing!!

shawn

April 18th, 2010
5:40 pm

Wow, wonder what he did. No run of the meal type incident here. he must have done something really stupid.

Big Dawg

April 18th, 2010
5:40 pm

I give CMR all the credit in the world for the letting the kid go after violating team rules. I do wish we hadn’t wasted all those hundreds of snaps in the spring with the number 1’s that Murray didnt’ get because of the “qb race.” Hindsite, I guess…

Barkin'Dog

April 18th, 2010
5:42 pm

Just because he is off the team, for now, doesn’t mean he can’t be reinstated at a later date. See Oregon and their RB (or was it a WR?). Anyway, Mett may get it together, pay his punishment and return next year… or not.

As for him being the best QB in the G-Day game, several players (incl. the other 2 QBs) said it was Mett’s best scrimmage of his college career (all last year and this Spring). So, considering that and the immaturity he showed earlier in his 5-MD arrest, he was too young to lead the Dawgs this year anyway, IMHO.

Either way, good luck to the young man. I hopes he gets it figured out and has a stellar career somewhere. Go Dawgs!

Realist

April 18th, 2010
5:45 pm

uga1989,

Funny. Very funny,

one fan

April 18th, 2010
5:46 pm

It’s the curse of the “Damn Good Dawg” song in full bloom. Until the curse is lifted, these things will always happen. I’m sure Florida and Tech are loving it.

gadog

April 18th, 2010
5:51 pm

there goes the best qb any chance he gets reinstated

heeldawg

April 18th, 2010
5:52 pm

Apparently there were more details about the spring break incident that just recently surfaced. I don’t have any substantiated information so I’ll just leave it at that. But for all you guys who have thought that CMR was going to put up with poor discipline and other crap from his players at Georgia, this serves as a refutation to that premise. He just dismissed a possible first round draft pick from the team. This will serve notice to everyone else on the squad that no one is immune. I mean, Mett’s mom works in the U.Ga. athletic office (and has for over a decade)!

And Goldtimer, things are so “sad” in Athens that we’ve beaten your insects 8 out of the last 9 times (and will easily make it 9 out of 10 this season). Coming from a fan of a program that is a living, breathing example of mediocrity, and a the second-rated program in a state with only two BCS football teams, that’s an awfully rash statement. Tech had no defense last season and lost their best defender. Tech’s best receiver and best running back are both gone, and the Georgia offense that ran roughshod over the Tech defense returns 10 of 11 starters. The Georgia defense will be rejuvenated under Grantham his season. And you’re trash-talking?

Talk about delusional….

Toasted

April 18th, 2010
5:56 pm

I’m not getting warm fuzzies about this at all. I do take some solace in the fact that Montez Robinson was given every opportunity, and just couldn’t get his act together. Can you say the same for this kid? In the end I hope so, but it was clear to me from the comment CMR made about “Murray not having his best game” after the Spring game that Zach is definately not his choice for the starting QB. I don’t care if Murray didn’t have his best game. I saw the Spring game, and under all the pressure and hype, I saw Zach rise up and look great, while the other two choked under the spotlight. Here’s my point, if CMR had announced that Zach won the Spring competition, and named him starter, or even co starter, would that have been enough motivation for him to keep his nose clean? Maybe he was thinking he didn’t have a chance no matter what he did on the field. Maybe CMR was looking for a reason not to name him the starter, and found it. I just feel bad for this kid. Is drinking in college the unpardonable sin? This guy is gonna transfer to an SEC team somewhere, and light us the **** up when he gets the chance. I might even be cheering him on when he does. Good Luck Zach.

CHDawg

April 18th, 2010
5:56 pm

The problem is that he is the second young man (both very promising talents) to get kicked off the team. Maybe it is a sign of the times, but sad for them and their families. No telling what both of them might have developed into on the field….sad day for the Dawg family.

CHDawg

April 18th, 2010
5:58 pm

Toasted,
No way Richt did this because he was trying to give Murray a break! Surely you aren’t serious. I am sure there is more to follow…I would hear the whole story before anymore of that kind of talk.