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  The battle for the starting QB position at the University of Georgia got narrowed down to two contestants as it was announced over the weekend that Freshman QB Zach Mettenberger has officially been kicked off the team. Mettenberger was arrested March 7 and charged with underage consumption, possession of alcohol, possessing fake identification, and disorderly conduct-obstruction. It had previously been announced that Mettenberger would face a one-game suspension, but something must have happened over the weekend to make Mark Richt change his mind.

  I see there being two scenaraios that occurred over the weekend that led to Mettenberger being expelled: either something else has happened since the March 7 arrest or all the details from the March 7 arrest were learned by Mark Richt and the rest of the Georgia Bulldogs' coaches. I believe that the latter occurred. Richt has been criticized in his tenure as Georgia head coach for being very lenient in situations like this, drawing comparisons to his mentor, Bobby Bowden. This move was probably planned, as Mettenberger's suspension was most likely a punishment set until all the facts came out. Whatever happended, once thing's for sure: We won't see Zach Mettenberger playing for the Georgia Bulldogs.

  I feel like this guarantees that Aaron Murray will be starting for the Georgia Bulldogs. While Mettenberger was going to be suspended for the September 4th against Louisiana-Lafayette, his performance in the spring game made it look as though he contend for the job in the games following. Although no one should count Logan Gray out, I think that it will be a stretch for him to start. There have been rumors that the scrambling QB might be switching positions, and just the fact that these rumors are out there seems to point to Murray being the starter. 

  It was clear that Mettenberger had what it took to be a starting quarterback at the Georgia G-Day Game, but alcohol once again has destroyed a young man's great opportunity. I just hope he has learned from this huge mistake and moves on. He just needs to see that what he's done was his own doing, and see that he never makes the same mistake twice. It's unfortunate that Zach blew his chance to be a Georgia Bulldog, but I sincerely hope that he gets another chance somewhere else and shines as QB.

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