Mettenberger makes it to Georgia's junior day

ATHENS – Learning a new offensive system can be a difficult thing to do.

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That's just what Zach Mettenberger has been doing lately – learning what will be Oconee County's new offensive sets. The signal caller admits it's not been easy.

"We used to work on football three days a week this time of year, but with the new system and everything else, we've been going at it about six days a week," Mettenberger said.

All that time in Watkinsville has kept young Zach away from the practices of his future team, but he did get to today's junior day.

"It was cool," I had to show up late because I had something else this morning," Mettenberger said. "I got to talk with some Cox, Stafford and Coach Bobo. It's been a while since I'd been up there because we've got so much football at school. We have a new system, and I have been trying to learn the new system as fast as I can. There is a lot of stuff being thrown at me. I kind of feel like Matt Ryan right now."

Mettenberger said Georgia's signal callers looked pretty good Saturday.

"I think Matthew looked really good," he said. "Cox threw a really nice pass to Figgins, for what looked like a touchdown."

The Oconee product also saw a few 2009 commitments at Georgia.

"I saw Washaun Ealey – who was on crutches – I think basketball got him," Mettenberger said. "I have talked with Chris Burnette a fair amount. It was easy to spot Chris because he's so big. All I can say was that it was really, really crowded."

The junior said he's glad recruiting is over for him. He'd been keeping up with a core group of schools, and them with him. But after he picked Georgia, Mettenberger said he was glad the phone calls stopped. He was happy to only focus on Georgia.

"I don't have anyone talking with me anymore, and that's nice," he said. "I feel like I am in the clear – I just call Coach Bobo. I feel like Georgia the school I have to keep up with now."

In the clear with his commitment to Georgia, but not in the clear with the new offense. Mettenberger isn't just hounded by his new high school coach about his knowledge of the new system – his future coach is on him about it, too.

"Ever since we've got this new system going Coach Bobo is always saying to me: ‘Name me a play, name me a play.' So when I saw him today I called out this option play we run, and he started laughing."

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