Zach Mettenberger grew up a Georgia Bulldog. That's almost a literal statement.
Mettenberger's mother, Tammy, has worked in the Georgia football office for most of his life. He first came to work with his mother in kindergarten. Mettenberger became a top quarterback prospect and signed with his hometown school.
But in 2010, Mettenberger was dismissed from the Georgia team. Turns out he pleaded guilty to sexual battery. Authorities said he grabbed the breasts and touched the buttocks of a 20-year-old woman in a bar. He was sentenced to 12 months of probation and 80 hours of community service.
Now Mettenberger returns to Sanford Stadium. As the quarterback of sixth-ranked LSU, against the ninth-ranked Bulldogs.
““I am very happy for Zach and his success,” said Georgia coach Mark Richt. “I've always liked him since he was a little boy. I'm really happy that he's doing well.”
Mettenberger left Georgia, went to Butler County Community College in Eldorado, Kan. (where Zac Taylor went between Wake Forest and Nebraska) and eventually landed at LSU.
This season, Mettenberger has been sensational, completing 65 percent of his passes, with 10 touchdowns and one interception.