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Published Tuesday, March 09, 2010 in [var thisSection]

QB Mettenberger arrested near Valdosta

By Marc Weiszer

Morris News Service

ATHENS – Georgia quarterback Zach Mettenberger, already in the spotlight as one of three contenders for the Bulldogs' starting job, made news off the field Monday following a weekend arrest near Valdosta.

Mettenberger faces five misdemeanor charges: underage consumption/possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct, obstruction and two counts of possession of false identification.

Mettenberger, 18, was arrested in Remerton at 1:39 a.m. Sunday, according to police chief Mike Terrell. The charges came at a local bar, Flip Flops.

Under Georgia Athletic Association policy, an alcohol citation triggers a suspension for no less than 10 percent of the season, which would be at least one game.

Georgia opens the season Sept. 4 against La.-Lafayette.

Mettenberger, a redshirt freshman who played at Oconee County High School, is competing with Aaron Murray and Logan Gray for the starting job.

Georgia held its first spring practice on Thursday, but won't practice again until a week from today because students are on spring break.

Georgia coach Mark Richt was out of town Monday, but is aware of the arrest and is seeking further details, according to a spokesman.

A two-page police incident report obtained by the Banner-Herald did not provide details surrounding Mettenberger's arrest.

"We are still investigating the circumstances that led to his arrest," Farrell said by e-mail.

Mettenberger was taken to the Lowndes County Jail, but Terrell thought he had been released after posting bond. He has a court date of April 27.

Coaches had said that the three-way quarterback battle was wide open.

"I'm starting to mature and finally getting a grasp of the offense," Mettenberger said prior to spring practice.

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