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Alabama offers former UGA quarterback

Alabama has offered former UGA quarterback Zach Mettenberger a scholarship, joining a growing list of schools now interested in signing the Oconee County native out of junior college.

The 6-foot-5, 247-pound Mettenberger was dismissed by Bulldogs coach Mark Richt on April 18, eight days after throwing for 150 yards and two touchdowns during a victorious G-Day performance.

Mettenberger subsequently enrolled at Butler (Kan.) Community College, where he has led the powerhouse junior college program to a 9-0 start, completing 117 of 221 passes for 1,907 yards, 24 touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

Other programs besides the defending national champion Crimson Tide that are showing interest in the former UGA quarterback include Cincinnati, Louisville, LSU, Texas A&M and Arizona and Iowa State.

Mettenberger was a highly touted prospect when he enrolled early out of high school as a part of Georgia’s 2009 signing class. After redshirting the 2009 season, he competed this past spring at quarterback against Aaron Murray, UGA’s current starter, and Logan Gray, who has since been moved to receiver. Mettenberger threw for more yards than each in the G-Day Game.

Reasons for Mettenberger’s dismissal were tied to an alcohol-related arrest in March near Valdosta. Mettenberger pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, and was sentenced to 12 months probation and 80 hours of community service.

J. David Miller, Southern Judicial Circuit District Attorney, told the AJC that the sexual battery charges “were the result of Mettenberger grabbing the breasts and touching the buttocks” of a 20-year old female.

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