QB Mettenberger dismissed from UGA team | UGA sports blog UGA sports blog QB Mettenberger dismissed from UGA team 5:05 pm April 18, 2010, by Tim Tucker (Updated 7:30 p.m.) Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who had been in a three-way competition for the Bulldogs’ starting job, was kicked off the team Sunday by coach Mark Richt. Richt made the announcement in a brief news release that said only that Mettenberger was dismissed for violation of team rules. The dismissal apparently is related to Mettenberger’s March 7 arrest outside a bar in Remerton, Ga., near Valdosta. Mettenberger, 18, was charged with underage possession/consumption of alcohol, disorderly conduct, obstruction and two counts of having false identification . Georgia associate athletics director Claude Felton told the AJC on Sunday that “there was not a new incident involving Zach.” Felton said Richt informed Mettenberger of his dismissal Sunday. Felton declined further comment and said Richt would have no comment Sunday. Reached by the AJC on his cell phone Sunday night, Mettenberger said: “I’m not going to talk to you, sir.” Asked if he wanted to address the dismissal, Mettenberger replied: “No thank you.” Richt previously had said Mettenberger would be suspended for at least Georgia’s Sept. 4 season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette because of the early-March arrest on the five misdemeanor charges, but the coach had left open the possibility of sterner punishment if more information became available about the case. Remerton Police Chief Mike Terrell told the AJC on March 8 that his department was “still investigating the circumstances that led to [the] arrest.” In a March 29 e-mail to the AJC, Terrell said the investigation was “still pending” and no more information available. Terrell could not be reached Sunday. Mettenberger’s dismissal from the team reduces the current competition for Georgia’s No.1 quarterback job to Logan Gray, a junior, and Aaron Murray, who like Mettenberger is a redshirt freshman. Another quarterback, Hutson Mason from Lassiter High School in Marietta, will join the Georgia program this summer. Mettenberger’s Georgia career ends without him ever playing in a game for the Bulldogs. A graduate of Oconee County High School, he was redshirted as a freshman last fall. He participated in all 15 sessions of Georgia’s spring practice, which ended with the G-Day intra-squad scrimmage on April 10. Mettenberger displayed his strong arm on G-Day, putting up the best statistical performance of the three quarterbacks. He completed six of 10 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. However, Mettenberger was the only one of the three quarterbacks who did not take any snaps with the first-team offense at G-Day. He played with the second-team offense and against the second-team defense.