Zach Mettenberger won't be first, second or third on Georgia's impending quarterback depth chart.
He won't be anywhere.
Bulldogs football coach Mark Richt announced Sunday afternoon that the 6-foot-5, 229-pound redshirt freshman has been dismissed for violating team rules. The dismissal occurs eight days after Mettenberger capped a solid spring with a 150-yard, two-touchdown performance at the G-Day game.
Mettenberger completed 23 of 36 passes for 433 yards with five touchdowns and one interception in the three spring scrimmages, according to statistics kept by the coaches. His G-Day numbers occurred with the second-team offense against the second-team defense.
Richt suspended Mettenberger for at least the opening game following his arrest March 7 in Remerton, Ga., and he added that the punishment could be more severe should more information on the incident be obtained. The 18-year-old was charged with underage possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct, obstruction and two counts of possession of false identification, which are each misdemeanors.
Georgia now has just two returning quarterbacks on scholarship, junior Logan Gray and redshirt freshman Aaron Murray, and signed Hutson Mason out of Marietta in February. There had been talk this winter of Gray switching to receiver or another position for more playing time, but Mettenberger's dismissal may assure his stay at quarterback for the rest of his college career.
Richt is expected reveal his post-spring depth chart this week.