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Georgia's Mettenberger arrested

3/8/2010

Zach Mettenberger's arrest over the weekend on a handful of misdemeanor charges probably isn't the kind of thing that eliminates him from Georgia's quarterback race.

But it's certainly not going to help him, either.

Having spent some time with Georgia coach Mark Richt last week, he made it abundantly clear that the No. 1 thing he was looking for from his starting quarterback next season was good decision-making.

And even though Richt didn't specify it at the time, I'm sure he meant both on and off the field.

Mettenberger, a redshirt freshman, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with underage possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct, obstruction and two counts of possession of false identification. The incident occurred at a local bar in Remerton, Ga., which is just outside Valdosta. Mettenberger was transported to the Lowndes County Jail. He posted bond and was released.

The Bulldogs practiced last Thursday, but are off this week for spring break.

The alcohol charge in itself could lead to a one-game suspension for Mettenberger under Georgia's athletic association policy.