Former Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger has a new team: the Butler Community College Grizzlies, a perennial power in junior-college football. Butler is located in El Dorado, Kansas.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Mettenberger is on the Butler roster and quotes coach Troy Morrell from Jayhawk Conference Media Day: “We did our research on Zach. We feel like he can be a great asset to our team, and it’s widely known that he paid the price for what he’s done and he’s trying to move on.”
Mettenberger was dismissed from the Georgia program in April, shortly before pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery in Valdosta. He was sentenced to 12 months probation, 80 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine.
Butler is ranked No. 6 among the nation’s junior-college football teams in the preseason poll. The Grizzlies have won five JUCO national championships since 1998, including titles in 2007 and 2008. Butler starts practice Thursday and plays its season opener Aug. 26 at home against Navarro College.
Mettenberger, from Oconee County, was redshirted at Georgia as a freshman last season.