Dismissed star Georgia QB eying Louisville

Dismissed star Georgia QB eying Louisville

Zach Mettenberger, a former four-star QB recently dismissed from Georgia, will be looking for a new school this month. Mettenberger is expected to visit Louisville before finalizing his transfer plans and the 6-5, 230-pound spoke with InsideTheVille.com Tuesday.

Zach Mettenberger, a former four-star quarterback who was recently dismissed at Georgia, is expected to visit Louisville this month, InsideTheVille.com learned from sources Tuesday.

InsideTheVille.com reached Mettenberger by phone Tuesday afternoon, but the 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback wasn't ready to discuss his transfer plans.

"I don't want to make any comments about that right now," Mettenberger said. "I'm just now trying to get done with some legal stuff and I'm still trying to focus on that and not football right now."

Mettenberger told InsideTheVille.com that he'd be ready to discuss his transfer process and upcoming visits next week. Louisville and Cincinnati were the only two schools mentioned that Mettenberger planned to visit in an ESPN.com article Monday.

Mettenberger was dismissed from the Bulldog program last month by head coach Mark Richt for a "violation of team rules." Prior to his dismissal, Mettenberger had been issued a one-game suspension for an alcohol related arrest on March 7 that resulted in misdemeanor charges of underage consumption of alcohol and possession of false identification.


Zach Mettenberger said he'll have his visit plans finalized next week.
This week, Mettenberger plead guilty to sexual battery after an incident at a bar in southern Georgia during spring break. Southern Judicial Circuit district attorney J. David Miller said the charges were the result of "Mettenberger grabbing the breasts and touching the buttocks" of a 20 year old Valdosta State student. He was sentenced to 12 months probation and 80 hours community service.

"I first want to apologize to the young lady my actions most directly affected, and I hope that by me accepting responsibility for my actions that she can move on with her life," Mettenberger said in the statement.

"I would also like to apologize to my family, friends, teammates, the coaching staff and the University of Georgia. Though it was very uncharacteristic of me to act the way I did, I still accept full responsibility for this event. I deeply regret my actions of that night and can assure that these actions will never happen again. I intend to do everything in my power to restore my image and rebuild the trust people had in me before."

Prior to his dismissal, Mettenberger was involved in a three-way competition for the starting quarterback job this spring at Georgia. Many believe he would have been named the starter next season considering his outstanding performance in Georgia's spring game. In that game, Mettenberger completed 6-10 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns, including a 40 yard strike at the end of the first half that proved to be the game-winner. Noted for his strong throwing arm, Mettenberger drew favorable comparisons this spring to former Georgia standout Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 selection in the 2009 NFL Draft.

"Just catching (passes) from him every day, you can see the resemblance in his arm power and how fast he can get the ball out there, how quick he gets it out there," Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green said.

A former four-star recruit coming out of Watkinsville (GA) Oconee County, Mettenberger redshirted last year for the Bulldogs. Rated the No. 14 quarterback prospect in the nation, Mettenberger threw for 2,016 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior. He also rushed for four touchdowns and had six interceptions. Mettenberger was rated the No. 130 overall prospect nationally by Scout.com and the sixth-best player in Georgia in 2008.

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