Richt ‘pretty certain’ Mettenberger suspension will be one game; Anderson moved to defense

(Updated 9:30 p.m.)

ATHENS -– Georgia coach Mark Richt said Tuesday night that he is “pretty certain” recently arrested quarterback Zach Mettenberger will be suspended for only one game — the Bulldogs’  Sept. 4 season opener against Louisiana Lafayette.

Richt is withholding a final decision in case there are any further police reports on the case.

“What I’m looking for is if there is any other report I can get my hands on,” he said after Tuesday’s practice. “A lot of times there is an initial report and then another one.”

Mettenberger was arrested by police in Remerton, Ga., near Valdosta, on March 7 on five misdemeanor charges: underage possession/consumption of alcohol, disorderly conduct, obstruction and two counts of possession of false identification.

UGA Athletic Association policy mandates at least a one-game suspension for an alcohol-related arrest, although Richt could impose more.

“I’m pretty certain it’s going to be a one-game suspension and all the other internal things that we do that [Mettenberger] is in the process of doing right now,” Richt said. “It could change, but I’m doubtful it would change from that.”

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Justin Anderson, who started five games on Georgia’s offensive line last season, will move to the defensive line, Richt said Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-5, 330-pound Anderson likely will play the nose position in Georgia’s new 3-4 defense, Richt said.

Although Anderson immediately will start attending the defensive-line meetings and learning the terminology of the new position,  he’s not able to practice this spring because of a shoulder injury. He’s expected to be back on the field by preseason camp in August.

Richt said the move was based on the depth on the offensive line.

Anderson “knows that if we lose a tackle or two offensively, he’d have to come back,” Richt said. “But right now, if everybody who is projected to be healthy comes in healthy [in August] and makes it through camp healthy, we’ll probably keep him on defense.

“I think he’ll do well. He’s a real explosive athlete, a big strong kid, and we think it’ll fit him. . . . In this scheme, he’s the type of body that we think can help us at that nose position.”

Kwame Geathers has worked exclusively at the nose position in spring practice, while DeAngelo Tyson and Abry Jones, among others, are working at nose and defensive end.

Richt expects the numbers on the offensive line to grow this summer, when Trinton Sturdivant and Tanner Strickland are expected to be available. They are sidelined from spring practice while continuing to rehab from knee and shoulder surgeries, respectively.

Richt said the idea of moving Anderson to the defensive line surfaced soon after Todd Grantham was hired as defensive coordinator in January.  Richt said he hesitated to make the move since Anderson is injured, “but the more I thought about it, the more I really believe it might be in his and our best interests.”

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Georgia’s strength and conditioning staff spent two days late last week observing the program at Virginia Tech. Richt joined the group there for part of the time.

“Our strength coaches have really done a good job of going out there and seeing what other folks are doing and finding things they can implement to get better,” Richt said.

He said Georgia’s staff is “trying to find new ways to do position-specific drills that help [players] at their position, instead of saying ‘the whole team does this.’” Another area of emphasis, he said, will be in-season nutrition, particularly for players who live off campus.

On the visit to Blacksburg, Richt said he got a chance to spend some time with Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. They talked about practice schedules and special teams.

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– Safety Nick Williams was working with the first-team secondary at Tuesday’s practice, the fifth session of spring ball.

– Grantham said Cornelius Washington and Justin Houston are currently the first-team outside linebackers, backed up by walk-on Reuben Faloughi and Montez Robinson, respectively.

– Tailback Caleb King missed practice with an upset stomach. Richt expects him back for the next practice on Thursday.

– Wide receiver Marlon Brown missed practice after suffering a shoulder injury on Saturday. Brown called the injury “just a bad bruise.” Richt expects Brown to be back at practice, at least on a limited basis, later this week.

– Wide receiver Israel Troupe is slowed by a strained hamstring.

128 comments Add your comment

Buckhead Bulldog

March 23rd, 2010
7:56 pm

Who else is lined up at nose going into Spring?

Greene Hornet

March 23rd, 2010
7:57 pm

First?!!!! Ummm, hello…hello, hello (echo…)

Greene Hornet

March 23rd, 2010
7:57 pm

NC Dawg

March 23rd, 2010
7:59 pm

Practice update???

Greene Hornet

March 23rd, 2010
8:00 pm

If this is a big kid and he knows how to play with a motor to go along with his size, it sounds like he would be a good choice. I wonder like Buckhead Bulldog, who else is in the nose position? How is the D looking so far this spring? I haven’t heard much about it since the initial practices…

kauai dawg

March 23rd, 2010
8:11 pm

Sounds like a good move. Sounds good to have depth on the OL as well. We have some big whole fillers is Geathers, Arby Jones, DeAngelo Tyson and Brandon Wood. Then finding who fits the end spot with linebackers and ends like Lott and M. Robinson. The move of Anderson sounds like a plus. Go DAWGS!

bass stringerfish

March 23rd, 2010
8:11 pm

Love this move. I also like that the coaching staff is looking to put athletes on the field and play them in positions that make the team better.

Steve Carter

March 23rd, 2010
8:18 pm

perfect spot for Bean. would hate to be a center lining up across from him. proud of my Ocilla bro

PC DOG!

March 23rd, 2010
8:19 pm

Actually (kauai dawg) Derrick Lott plays nose but big Justin Anderson is deff a good fit the position.

Tdawg

March 23rd, 2010
8:21 pm

Pretty sure that he played on the d-line in high school so he won’t be lost their. When he first went to Georgia I thought that he would have fared better on defense anyway.

Buckhead Bulldog

March 23rd, 2010
8:22 pm

Steve Carter- What is “Bean” all about? Tough fella, huh? He is a pretty big guy…I think I remember him when he was being recruited….for some reason his nickname is sticking with me from somewhere.

Johnny DangerDawg

March 23rd, 2010
8:28 pm

Tim Tucker,
Did Anderson ever play on the defensive side in high school?

Nada

March 23rd, 2010
8:33 pm

AltamahaDawg

March 23rd, 2010
8:39 pm

….it was all a bunch of words on a page, ALL I SAW was we have “depth on the offensive line”. Stop the presses. That was all I needed to know. Bout fleeping time!

Steve Carter

March 23rd, 2010
8:43 pm

Bean played defense in high school and was a monster. Bean is a good kid, I have known him since he was just a sprout LOL his grandpa called him that when he was little and Bean stuck. we are very proud of Bean down here in tiny Ocilla. and there is no truth to the rumor that Bean benches a block of Ocilla during the summer HAHA

Steve Carter

March 23rd, 2010
8:45 pm

Bean went both ways in high school, remember Irwin County High is a small school.

AltamahaDawg

March 23rd, 2010
8:49 pm

how small does a school have to have not to have girls?

AltamahaDawg--->

March 23rd, 2010
8:51 pm

——–gets pelted with rocks and garbage.

Steve Carter

March 23rd, 2010
8:52 pm

all I have to say to that is HUH?!

Buckhead Bulldog

March 23rd, 2010
8:53 pm

Good stuff Steve Carter….I’ve been through Ocilla many times. My dad grew up in Alamo near McRae and Hazelhurst We would drive through Ocilla from my Grandparents home to my Aunt/Uncles home in Valdosta.

Big ole bad azz farm boy? I like it….glad we can still get some of those S.GA mooses up to A-town instead of UF or FSU.

bobbydawg

March 23rd, 2010
9:21 pm

Thanks Coach Richt. This is a great move. We appreciate you sending us James Carpenter, Chance warmack, and Darius Mekeller. All georgia boys ,all crimson tide offensive lineman. Anderson and Kiante Tripp ought to file a class action against you.

Tim Tucker

March 23rd, 2010
9:30 pm

Buckhead Bulldog:
I added the answer to your question to the blog above. Kwame Geathers has worked exclusively at nose this spring, while DeAngelo Tyson and Abry Jones, among others, are working at nose and DE.

Tim Tucker

March 23rd, 2010
9:31 pm

NC Dawg:
I added more information from practice to the blog above. Hectic day.

jackhammer

March 23rd, 2010
9:33 pm

Louie,

Where are you? Have the pups scared you away again? Don’t be so gutless; show up. The pups are harmless.

Buckhead Bulldog

March 23rd, 2010
9:38 pm

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 23rd, 2010
9:45 pm

Bean Anderson is a tremendous talent but for whatever reason has not developed in to the player UGA was expecting to get. Could be the coaching or injuries – don’t know.

Dial_tone

March 23rd, 2010
9:46 pm

He’ll be back on offense as soon as Trinton Sturdivant has his annual knee blowout.

Tony Flack

March 23rd, 2010
10:08 pm

14th. Go dawgs.

RED DOG 77

March 23rd, 2010
10:08 pm

Buckhead Bulldog……..Small world ! my inlaws are from Mc Rae, They have some big ol country farm boys down that way that play some pretty good smash mouth football. The interesting thing about the 3-4 defense is, yeh, most of the time, the nose will be ocupied by a big ol goodun…….. however, if you watch how Alabama runs their D, speed up front, at the nose, is utilized in many run or pass blitz packages………from what I gather, Coach Todd Grantham will be playing the same type game……..Love those run blitzes ! when a quick nose meets QB and RB at the point of exchange ! I think Grantham will be trotting out alot of different players, for different situations. Looks like fun to me ! GO DOGS !!! GATA !!!

DawgFan24

March 23rd, 2010
10:17 pm

Im worried about our Strength and Conditioning staff having to ‘learn from others.’ I’ve long suspected that we had a weakness in this area due to all the injuries the Dawgs have had over the years. Im curious to know why now they have reached out to other programs to get better ideas. What tipped them off that this may be an area of weakness in our program?

DDDAWG

March 23rd, 2010
10:23 pm

is bean a soph or junior this season?

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE!

March 23rd, 2010
10:44 pm

Smart moves by CMR & Grantham, looking forward to G-Day game in a few weeks!

bernie

March 23rd, 2010
10:53 pm

What has happend to Dontavious Jackson? Anyone heard where he is on the depth chart or whatever?

AmericusDawg

March 23rd, 2010
11:45 pm

Anyone know where i can get G-Day tix? been a dawg all my life (34 yrs) and always wanted to go. Can someone help? Go Dawgs! THWT! THWF! GATA!

Hawk n the Ham

March 23rd, 2010
11:59 pm

@ AmericusDawg, Gday is free.

RED DOG 77

March 24th, 2010
12:21 am

I just posted what I thought was a brilliant comment, hit submit comment……………And pooof……….it is forever lost in some black hole……….Could it have been the comment about Mark Bradley and his buddy Jeff Shultz, doing their hating on the dogs thing?……..So POOOF to you AJC, be gone I say, Be Gone !………………..PS I dropped my hard copy of the AJC along time ago, just read this on-line thing for sports……..but even then, you often have to wade through alot of liberal bull droppings.

Brooks

March 24th, 2010
12:22 am

JUST BEAT TENNESSEE THIS YEAR !!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!! MOVE WHOEVER IT TAKES TO GET IT DONE. THE DAWGS ARE GOING TO BE BETTER THAN SOME PEOPLE THINK. GO DAWGS.

UGA Student

March 24th, 2010
1:56 am

Americus- If it is run like it was last year it is just general admission, open seating. Just make sure that you avoid tailgating on North Campus. Mikey Adams might get his panties in a wad if you walk on his sacred grass.

MikkUGA

March 24th, 2010
2:14 am

The G-day game is free admission

AmericusDawg

March 24th, 2010
2:23 am

Thanx guyz for the help. Free admission?! Hard to believe that, in this day and time! Awesome though and lookin forward to it!

AmericusDawg

March 24th, 2010
2:25 am

I’ll keep that in mind UGA Student!

Irwin Indian

March 24th, 2010
2:43 am

Justin Anderson is a great young man. He has amazing strength. He will wear some centers out with his combination of quickness, aggressiveness,, and brute strength. Justin will introduce himself to several SEC quarterbacks. I heard this move to nose guard might occur but couldn’t believe they would move him from OL where he was used as a tackle and guard. During last year’s bowl game it was Bean the coaches turned to late in the first half and throughout the second half to establish our running game. Our scores and critical gains were achieved over this big guy. Bean can play on either side of the ball. He is a great fit for our new defensive alignment. Bean hurt his shoulder in the Tennessee game and sort of disappeared until he was needed in the bowl game. This young man has great skills and Coach Grantham is to be applauded for attempting to get this athlete on the field. I am proud to see the depth on OL and the new attacking defensive scheme.

EmmettDawg

March 24th, 2010
4:33 am

Is it free? It was 5 bucks when I went four years ago.

ryan

March 24th, 2010
5:39 am

why is Reuben Faloughi our backup DE?

BuLLdawg

March 24th, 2010
6:02 am

21 fumbles per year average the last 4 years in a row

14 interceptions per year average the last 4 years in a row

96 NCAA Penalties Ranked # 96 per year average last 4 years in a row in Penalties

Great that we drag out a March 7 arrest and suspension to 2 days more than 3 weeks and then say, probably 1 game. Does this mean that oft-injured little Aaron Murray still has a sore arm ? And, what is this junk that Logan Gray looks so great back there ?

Caleb King is no where near the tailback that Washaun Ealey is, but like so many others on offense, we just can’t decide who is better and when the offensive coaching staff does choose a starter, it’s the wrong starter with the back-up being the guy who has proved he is better.

Caleb King, the Starter, was not the leading rusher; Washuan Ealey was despite having his redshirt ripped off in the 3rd quarter of the 5th game. What does that tell you Altamaha Dawg ?

4.8 yards per carry is what Caleb King has in his entire “career” at UGA. He is the biggest flop of a player hyped by the current offensive coaching staff there is in his time here. Oklahoma State, didn’t play, and we lost.

LSU ?

You want to talk about the LSU game while you sit there and defend Caleb King Altamaha Dawg ?

Caleb King vs LSU had 9 rushes for 7 yards, total.

And, we LOST as a result.

Tennessee ? Caleb King did not play, and we lost.

Florida, another loss and Caleb King had 19 yards rushing.

19 yards.

Kentucky a poor team who ended the season with a 7-6 record, but we LOST to Kentucky too and Caleb King had 77 yards on 18 carries, 4.2 yards per carry.

Against Kentucky for God’s sake.

In the 31 to nothing half-time score the year before, against Alabama, Caleb King rushed for a grand total of 5 yards, and we LOST.

Right after that Caleb King rushed for 1 yard total against Florida and we LOST.

In the Georgia tek LOSS, Caleb King also rushed for 1 yard total and we LOST.

5.7 yards a carry Washaun Ealey, by direct stark contrast on the same days on the same field, against the same opponents and was far superior to the guy ahead of him on the depth chart of the offensive coaching staff who also had Arron White ahead of Orson Charles until the 12th game of the 13-game season. Such B.S.

Paul Hewitt has to pay Georgia tek $3.4 million to leave. Wonderful. That means we can keep him there so we can continue to beat him, and continue to watch him lose to us and the ACC and we get to watch him make a mockery of academics at Georgia tek with his Academic Progress Rate the worst of all NCAA basketball teams this year with a 914, and PROBATION for Georgia tek limited to only 11 scholarships.

BuLLdawg

March 24th, 2010
6:07 am

RED DOG 77 maybe you will do us all a favor and quit posting here too that no one can say anything except for Koolaid comments here too.

We should be so lucky.

Idiot.

Why don’t you share with us what paper you do read at home now ?

Like there is a choice.

BuLLdawg

March 24th, 2010
6:11 am

And, tell us some more RED DOG 77 how Coach Richt determied that Mike Bobo just isn’t capable of coaching the offense as Offensive Coordinator and also that you say that Coach Richt said that Mike Bobo also is not capable of coaching the quarterbacks here, either. That you say Coach Richt is taking over BOTH coaching duties this season, since Mike Bobo isn’t any good, you say RED DOG 77.

Mark

March 24th, 2010
6:15 am

BuLLdawg Caleb King broke his jaw during the LSU game. You seem to know alot don’t know how you didn’t know that

BuLLdawg

March 24th, 2010
6:18 am

1-3 vs vols last 4 years
1-3 vs Florida last 4 years
21 fumbles per year last 4 years
14 interceptions per year last 4 years
96 Rank of 119 teams in Penalties per year last 4 years
10-10 vs SEC East alone last 4 years
more than half the 89 Arrests / Suspensions the last 4 years
Failure to have a QB ready 2006, 2009 and now 2010
Every offensive coach coaching a position he did NOT play himself when he played football
11 Final AP Poll Top 10 teams played in 9-year Coach Richt Era and won only 3
Not beat a Final AP Poll Top 10 team in a bowl game in Coach Richt Era
4th best team vs The SEC behind Alabama Florida and LSU last 4 years

And, now RED DOG77 says Coach Richt said that Mike Bobo is NOT CAPABLE of calling plays, running the offense nor coaching quarterbacks, so RED DOG77 says that Coach Richt is taking over ALL THAT from Mike Bobo.

AmericusDawg

March 24th, 2010
6:22 am

Bulldawg, I TOTALLY agree on all points about Caleb, and Washaun. Well said. And you r the Man!