He arrived with so much promise. Even though it seems like forever ago, rabid Georgia fans can't forget the day Oconee County star quarterback Zach Mettenberger arrived in Athens: big, strong, and possessing a canon arm that had many expecting another Matthew Stafford-type career.
Things didn't work out that way. A much smaller Aaron Murray moved to the top of Mark Richt's QB depth chart, not because of his arm strength, but because of his accuracy, decision making, and leadership: areas where Mettenberger seemed woefully deficient from the get-go. The big man's passes arrived at the wrong spot quickly, and his ability to learn the playbook was suspect.
Then came the fateful night at the Flip Flop, a honky-tonk near Valdosta, Ga where an 18-year-old Mettenberger was arrested for underage drinking, disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice, and possessing two fake IDs. But it was the "sexual battery of a woman" charge that got him dismissed from the Georgia football team.