UGA QB Mettenberger arrested in South Georgia (UPDATED)

Zach Mettenberger, a candidate to be the University of Georgia’s starting quarterback in the fall, was arrested on five misdemeanor charges over the weekend in the South Georgia town of Remerton.

Mettenberger, 18, was charged with underage consumption/possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct, obstruction and two counts of possessing fake identification, Remerton Police Chief Mike Terrell told the AJC.

The police report, obtained by the AJC, does not provide details about the circumstances surrounding Mettenberger’s arrest at 1:39 a.m. Sunday at the Flip Flops bar in Remerton, which is near Valdosta.

“I don’t have much available right now,” Terrell said in an e-mail. “We are still investigating the circumstances that led to his arrest.”

Mettenberger was transported to the Lowndes County Jail, according to the police report. He later was released on bond. He has a court date scheduled for April 27.

Under UGA Athletic Association policy, a conviction on an alcohol-related charge would mean a mandatory suspension of at least one game. Georgia’s season opener is Sept. 4 against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Mettenberger, from Oconee County, is one of three contenders for Georgia’s starting quarterback job. Rated the No. 11 quarterback prospect in the nation by Rivals.com in 2008, Mettenberger was redshirted as a UGA freshman last season and began spring practice last week in competition with Aaron Murray and Logan Gray to succeed the graduated Joe Cox as the starter.

The arrest came early in UGA’s spring break, which runs through this week.  The football team is not scheduled to resume practice until March 16.

A UGA spokesman said coach Mark Richt was aware of Mettenberger’s situation and will be getting more information on the matter. Richt is out of town and would have no immediate comment, the spokesman said.

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The defending national champions

March 8th, 2010
10:37 am

Dawgs are still crooks. Undisciplined thugs. Glad Saban doesn’t run his program like Richt does his. How many players have been arrested over the past year for the dawgs?

Buzzkill

March 8th, 2010
10:43 am

underage consumption? from a COLLEGE STUDENT? I am shocked. He must be one of those Oconee county thugs.

maddawg

March 8th, 2010
10:44 am

At least we don’t hang out at da Walmart!!! Bwahahahahahahahahahaha

Bremen Dawg

March 8th, 2010
10:45 am

Well there drops one from the QB race. How stupid can you be.

Jacket Backer

March 8th, 2010
10:45 am

how ’bout them dogs!!

New Jack Hustler

March 8th, 2010
10:46 am

Bama sucks. This little run will be over soon enough. A NC isn’t the only thing you’ll have to show for it either. Most like some probration to go with it.

You guys are the all time leaders in cheating and getting caught. Dumb rednecks.

bama

March 8th, 2010
10:46 am

they are actually more walmarts here than in bama

How2fish

March 8th, 2010
10:47 am

The defending national champions..you are out of your mind..Bama is still awaiting word on the appeal of a NCAA ruling that will void over 20 wins including wins under Saban..if it fails Bama will not have a win for the 05 and 06 seasons and 2 less in the 07 season..remember the old saying “If Bama ain’t cheating..Bama ain’t winning” ..stack that up against a kid have too much to drink..

rwphonics

March 8th, 2010
10:47 am

yes, yes, all crooks and thugs. stealing old ladies purses and putting cigarettes out on the dog.

Underage drinking and traffic violations don’t really qualify as THUG behavior in my book. I had a fake ID in college. I guess I’m a crook too?

don’t be ignorant.

jaxdawg

March 8th, 2010
10:47 am

I lived in Remerton in College, the cops are as crooked as they come. However, we all knew that and avoided them at all costs. Looks like they struck again. He will have community service and pay the fines off…

WJ

March 8th, 2010
10:47 am

Like none of you has ever done something stupid!

Bremen Dawg

March 8th, 2010
10:47 am

That’s at the least a 4 game suspension.

bkbroila4224

March 8th, 2010
10:48 am

Well, the quarterback race is heating up…lol

T-Ray

March 8th, 2010
10:48 am

Remerton Cops are about as Slimmy as they come. They probably broke a few Constitutional Amendments making the arrest.

PS Remerton is for all purposes Valdosta Ga. The Remerton government survives off of cheap and questionable arrests and tickets surrounding about 3 college bars.

joe

March 8th, 2010
10:48 am

The most shocking fact about this case is there is actually a bar in Remerton. According to the local city government web site, they just got running water there last year…

Yes. Aaron Murray

March 8th, 2010
10:48 am

I’m the starting QB!!! GO Dawgs!!!

Vick=Dog killing thug

March 8th, 2010
10:48 am

Whoa… Didn’t expect that… kids will be kids I guess… even elite athletes. Just ruined my whole day.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

March 8th, 2010
10:49 am

That seems like a sure fire way to impress the coaching staff prior to spring drills. Looks like it’s between Murray and Gray now. You can’t fix stupid.

How2fish

March 8th, 2010
10:50 am

joe just got running water..no that’s funny.

Sweet Home Alabama

March 8th, 2010
10:50 am

Alabama has a total person concept that we require all our athletes to complete.Georgia has a total thug concept apparently tought by rappers and rednecks on how to have fun in college.

georgia program is so average i really feel that Vandy is a a better program and thats pretty sad.

Ps.all that being said Mark rICK IS doing a good job.KEEP IT up.

Debdoes

March 8th, 2010
10:51 am

Again, what is wrong with these college kids on football scholarships out robbing, stealing, drinking and killing? There are so many deserving ‘non-football’ playing kids that deserve academic scholarships and grants and we waste it on yes, thugs! Enough with the ‘Bama Slammin’….they won, they have a great program, get over it and do something to help clean up UGA besides mouthing off.

BG

March 8th, 2010
10:52 am

Murray and Gray were probably out doing the same thing somewhere, just didn’t get caught.

Bud Flu

March 8th, 2010
10:53 am

Even Jesus drank a little red wine…

no deadbeats

March 8th, 2010
10:53 am

HOW BOUT THEM DOGPOOPS hahahahahahahahahahahahhaha

TexasDawg

March 8th, 2010
10:54 am

I guess Aaron Murray is like Holy !@!## Batman.

Alabama Jack

March 8th, 2010
10:54 am

NFL suspends Ferguson for first 8 games of 2010

UGA QB Mettenberger arrested in S. Georgia

ho hum

Chief

March 8th, 2010
10:54 am

“You in a heep of trouble boy.”

Waittilnextyear

March 8th, 2010
10:55 am

At least he wasn’t hanging out with Big Ben.

AndyC

March 8th, 2010
10:55 am

Pretty stupid. He will probably lose the battle with Murray and transfer after this.

.

March 8th, 2010
10:55 am

UGA we out drink everyone in this State.

Dumb Redneck

March 8th, 2010
10:55 am

Hey New Jack Hustler, what is probration? Who’s the dumb redneck?

Rabun Dawg

March 8th, 2010
10:55 am

I guess a lot of us did some stupid stuff like that while we were in college, but this is a little disturbing to hear. I had hoped that this young man would have found himself to be in the role of one of the leaders of future UGA teams, but he apparently is not ready for that just yet. I just hope that he can learn from this and move forward. Let’s do not throw him under the bus yet, but he now needs some counseling and guidance to get back on track.I, for one, wish him well!

Steve

March 8th, 2010
10:57 am

This is actually a good thing. Murray was going to be the guy anyway. Zack would have ended up #3 so it’s no big deal. What a major crime too huh? A college kid drinking? Wow. This is not nearly as bad as those thugs who get into drugs, rape, fight, steal, etc. I see that an old Tech thug is on the run from the FBI. I think that is a little worse.

DieHard Dawg

March 8th, 2010
10:57 am

It is time for Richt and all college coaches to put their foot down – set the example – suspend Mettenberger from the team AND his scholarship for one full season, set goals and expectations for him to achieve both academically, socially, and community service hours – if he meets what is laid out in front of him he is provided an opportunity to earn back his scholarship and membership to the team. Let’s see that he is made of. The tone and expectations must be set for all to see the consequence of their actions and choices.

David

March 8th, 2010
10:58 am

Major criminal alert. What a horrible human being. We are sure lucky we have taken one of those dangerous criminals off the streets. Have any of you cops ever had the guts to go into Atlanta?
I say there is not a cop out there that has the guts to go around Interstate 20 in Atlanta. By the way, for the rest of us, do not stop off at the exits in Atlanta.

noneya

March 8th, 2010
10:58 am

Drinking? Nooooo…..not a college student. If I got arrested for every drink I took in college I’d still be serving time….and I’m 47!

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

March 8th, 2010
10:58 am

CMR will make him sit out the National Anthem at the first game…

How2fish

March 8th, 2010
10:59 am

Sweet Home Alabama …they are such great kids that the steal textbooks and give them to the needy…

Tom

March 8th, 2010
10:59 am

counseling for drinking in college?

wouldn’t we all be in counseling????

Steve

March 8th, 2010
10:59 am

It’s not the underage consumption/possession of alcohol and fake ID charges I would be concerned with; college students have been engaged in those types of activities since God was a boy. What I want to know is, what types of behavior did the disorderly conduct and obstruction charges stem from? That is the issue that should ultimately determine if Mettenberger is given a second chance.

dawg-gone-it

March 8th, 2010
10:59 am

Kick him off the team, take his scholarship and set and example! What an idiot!

RedPantsDawg

March 8th, 2010
10:59 am

Mettenberger managed to end his spring break and any realistic chance at being the starting QB all in one night. Hope that drink was worth it.

Dooley's Cardiologist

March 8th, 2010
10:59 am

And then there were two. Looks like it will be either Gray or Murray. I am picking Murray, like it really matters. I am not going to fault the kid for the underage consumption. I’ll take the “he who is without sin cast the first stone” stance on that one. But in regards to the other charges, I can only say: IDIOT!!! Dude, you are a UGA QB. You shouldn’t need a fake ID to get booze. What a moron.

Bama Bill

March 8th, 2010
11:00 am

This young adult really messed up and I am totally disappointed that he values and cares so little for his Georgia teammates, the football program and UGA that he would conduct himself in such a manner – at any time – let alone right before spring drills. Now, what does Richt do ?

Lowndes County, FL

March 8th, 2010
11:00 am

When is Florida going to annex Valdosta? There hasn’t been a single bit of good news for UGA coming from down there recently. C’mon all you South GA rednecks!!! When are y’all going to set things straight down there???

Will

March 8th, 2010
11:00 am

Let me see if I understand you:

Because either you engaged in similar behavior or because “everyone else does it”, this young man should be excused for his criminal behavior?

Don’t worry too much, if Coach Richt remains consistent, little punishment will come as a result of this misbehavior.

JimDog

March 8th, 2010
11:00 am

I hate the 21 yr old drinking age. All it does is make Criminals out of College Students. The drinking age should be rolled back to 19, the age of most college freshmen. Otherwise students will continue to learn that the Guvment makes idiotic laws and it is OK to break the ones you don’t like. Too bad for Mett.

Tailback U

March 8th, 2010
11:00 am

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Paul Dawg

March 8th, 2010
11:00 am

Remerton is a JOKE about this sort of thing. Flip Flops is not a seedy bar, and the City of Remerton makes their revenue off of college students- I have had two children arrested there, and they are good kids.

I hope CMR takes this into consideration- this should be an infraction that calls for running stadium steps, not suspension. Bad judgment, but not a “real” crime-

The Truth

March 8th, 2010
11:00 am

I am tired of the AJC/ESPN/CNN and all the other news agencies making a big deal of it when college athletes get in trouble….. I agree he is not very smart but was he the only college student arrested this weekend for underage drinking……NO …. but because he is a college athlete is it front page news…..sad…..