Redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Mettenberger has been removed from the Georgia Bulldogs for a team rules violation according to Head Coach Mark Richt.
Mettenberger was competing to replace Joe Cox as the Bulldog’s starting QB with both Junior Logan Gray and red-shirt freshman Aaron Murry.
On March 7 in Lowndes County, the young quarterback was arrested and charged with underage consumption and possession of alcohol, possessing fake identification and disorderly conduct-obstruction.
It’s uncertain at this point if Mettenberger was dismissed for another indiscretion unrelated to his March 7 alcohol arrest. It was thought that Richt would suspend Mettenberger to start the season, but would not be dismissed from the team entirely.
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During the Georgia spring game, Mettenberger had the best day of the competing quarterbacks, completing 6-of-10 passes for 150 yards and 2 TD’s.
Gray was 10-of-17 racking up 132 yards and 1 TD.
Murray had the least productive day of the bunch connecting on just 10-of-22 passes for 96 yards and one INT.
“They have played well all spring,” Richt said after the game. “They have been hitting their targets. They have had few interceptions and few bad decisions. It has been good competition. I feel we have players who can get it done.”
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There’s a dark horse riding into town on May 31 when Parade All-American freshman quarterback Hutson Mason starts summer classes.
The 6-foot-3 Mason still has a wiry 195 pound frame. The 18-year-old from Lassiter High School set single season state records with 4,560 yards passing and 54 touchdowns.
“This is what you live for really,” Mason said. “This is why I play football. I have absolutely all the confidence in the world in myself. I hope I do get called upon, I hope my number does get called. I’m a competitor and I know for a fact I’ll be ready when my number does get called.”
“My work ethic isn’t going to change,” Mason said. “I wasn’t worried about the depth chart before Zach got kicked off. I’m just worried about busting my butt every day and trying to get better. I’m trying to learn the playbook, trying to get stronger.”
“I’ll be responsible from Day One for knowing protections, formations, shifts and motions and stuff like that,” Mason said. “It’ll probably be pretty up-tempo, pretty intense and pretty quick.”
The Bulldogs have been set as 30/1 favorites on Online Sportsbooks to win the 2010-11 BCS Championship.