Georgia dismisses Mettenberger from team

Georgia redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Mettenberger was kicked off the team on Sunday for violating team rules, eliminating one contender in the competition to be the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback in the fall.

Mettenberger threw for 150 yards and tossed two touchdowns in the team’s spring game on April 10 but was facing at least a one-game suspension following his arrest on alcohol charges during spring break. The 18-year-old was arrested March 7 and charged with underage consumption and possession of alcohol, possessing fake identification and disorderly conduct-obstruction.

Head coach Mark Richt didn’t reveal if the 6-5, 230-pounder’s dismissal was the result of new details emerging from the arrest or if he had been involved in another incident. But Georgia associate athletics director Claude Felton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that “there was not a new incident involving Zach.”

The race to take over for the departed Joe Cox under center is now down to redshirt freshman Aaron Murray and junior Logan Gray, the backup to Cox last season.

Murray, a 6-1, 206-pound former Parade All-America, was highly recruited out of Tampa, Fla. but was the least impressive of the three quarterbacks in the spring game, completing only 10 of 22 passes for 96 yards with one interception.

Gray, who connected on 5 of 12 passes for 31 yards and two interceptions in 2009, never was viewed as the long-term solution under center, but he does have the edge in experience. However, most of his time on the field has been spent on special teams. He was 10 of 17 for 132 yards and one score in the spring game.

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