Posted: 8:18 am Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Mettenberger flagged for diluted drug test 

By Jeff Schultz

Zach Mettenberger submitted a suspicious urine sample at the NFL draft combine. (Jason Getz/AJC

Zach Mettenberger submitted a suspicious urine sample at the NFL draft combine. (Jason Getz/AJC

Few have ever questioned Zach Mettenberger’s talent as a college and potential NFL quarterback. But the former Georgia and LSU player is raising some eyebrows for the wrong reasons again.

Pro Football Talk first reported that Mettenberger, who is coming off of a torn ACL, submitted a diluted urine sample when he was at the NFL scouting combine. The league generally considers a diluted sample the equivalent of a positive drug test.

There might be an innocent explanation for this. Mettenberger’s agents and physical therapist both claim that the watered-down sample is the result of him over-hydrating after experiencing cramps at the combine. Jason Eliowitz, the physical therapist, said, Mettenberger was advised to drink as much as “1 to 1.5 gallons of of water per day, to increase his consumption of foods high in potassium, and to increase his sodium intake.”

Fox Sports reported Mettenberger was one of 10 red-flagged drug tests (either failed or diluted) at the combine.

This diluted sample doesn’t mean Mettenberger was trying to mask performance enhancing drugs, but PEDs can be a quicker way for somebody to recover from an injury.

Mettenberger has NFL talent. Two months ago, former quarterback and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski ranked him as a better pro prospect than Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel or Louisville’s Terry Bridgewater. But he comes with some baggage, having been kicked out of Georgia after pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery, stemming from an incident in a Remerton, Ga., bar in 2010.

Mettenberger transferred to a community college in Kansas for one season, then to LSU for three years. He suffered a torn ACL in the Tigers’ final regular season game against Arkansas.

On ESPN’s “NFL Live” in April, Jaworski said of Mettenberger, “This is the guy that can change the draft, Zach Mettenberger. He has the big, strong arm, the prototypical NFL quarterback, at 6-foot-5, 228 pounds, coached by Cam Cameron down there at LSU, pro-style offense.”

Mettenberger has been projected to go in the third or fourth round. It remains to be seen whether the diluted drug test will hurt his draft stock.

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105 comments
JSSN
JSSN

It's not the NCAA drug testing protocol anymore, getting your masking regimes in line! Just ask Joe Hawley!

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

350,


Read and weep, "bro":


Last SEC title: 9 years ago.

Last BCS game: 7 years ago.

Last title game appearance: never.

Record against teams that finished ranked the last 5 years:  6-17

Record against winning teams the last 5 years: 16-22


HarveyPooka
HarveyPooka

Not surprising, is it?    Hey, UGA, LSU,. both in same boat.

CowbellHell
CowbellHell

I would personally rather a draft pick smoke pot than to be a thief and a rapist...I'm just sayin.

Bronte
Bronte

they get some good stuff to smoke down on the bayou---much better than the georgia stuff

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

So the jury is out of just what the deal is with Mett but the other folks have to fall in the Dumbazz group. You're about to go for you biggest job of your lfe and you still can't put down the dope. Jimbo has his hands full at FSU. The Noles have about as much chance of going back to back as Sterling has at getting free tickets from Jay-Z.

JackClemens
JackClemens

Is Terry Bridgewater related to Teddy?

Esquire
Esquire

It doesn't surprise me.  How come he didn't offer another test...................oh an independent test.......right!

WDE
WDE

Well if your going to fail a drug test..using PED's while your a amateur would be the way to go. Your not responsible to your college..your gone..your not responsible to the team that may draft you..they haven't hired you. Showing a GM your willing to do that it takes to prepare for you NFL career MIGHT be quietly well received . I mean if you never got caught in college and you promise not to break the rules as a pro might not be a bad thing..you helped yourself heal and get ready for the combine. It can't go back against your former team and it you don't do it again it won't be a issue for your future employer. Frankly I'm not sure what the rules are between leaving college and going pro...anyone ?  


Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

Tipical SEC palyer. Even his pee is week! LOLOLOLO!!!!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Richt clearly made the right decision to get rid of hamburger years ago! Richt is the best coach in the nation and he will prove it this year!

territory
territory

Miles kicked Honey Badger & Perrilloux off the team. Get your facts correct.


WDE
WDE

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie might want to coach the chance debate a little differently KSWW , after all Sterling was set to get an award from the NAACP until that woman taped their conversation..

Esquire
Esquire

@JackClemens  


GOOD CATCH THERE JC.......HEY JEFF, YOU SHOULD FEEL LIKE QUITE THE DUMBASS.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@WDE "Well if your going to fail a drug test..using PED's while your a amateur would be the way to go. Your not responsible to your college..your gone..your not responsible to the team that may draft you..they haven't hired you. Showing a GM your willing to do that it takes to prepare for you NFL career MIGHT be quietly well received . . . ."

________________________ 

Let's see, SIX improper uses of "your" in half of a brief paragraph. Gotta be some kind of record.

jeffreyd
jeffreyd

@Barves_Loss_Agian  You're trying too hard to be dumb. It was a lot funnier and more believable when you made fewer, less glaring errors. Although some people are still falling for it, so maybe it's working.

WDE
WDE

@Barves_Loss_Agian nimrod..riddle me this ..what is a "palyer" we don't have those in the SEC.

GTBob
GTBob

@Dawg350 He is?

Last SEC title: 9 years ago.

Last BCS game: 7 years ago.

Last title game appearance: never.

Record against teams that finished ranked the last 5 years:  6-17

Record against winning teams the last 5 years: 16-22

All with one of the most talented teams in the country. That is the record of the best coach in the nation?

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

@Dawg350

I don't know about best in the nation, but he's darn good.

We're going to make a run at it this year 350.  I don't see enough strong competition to stop us. 

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@territory  

The Honey Badger had failed about 10 drug tests before anything was done to him, get your facts straight.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

The President of LSU booted the Badger! Les was about to setup the voting process...just saying

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@Barves_Loss_Agian @CowbellHell


What is a Barve?  You must be a Tech student. Can't spell.

slydawg
slydawg

@WDE @KeepOnSmilingWetWillieLook at the founders of the NAACP and you will see they do not necessarily represent the aspirations of people of color and to be more blunt, the rights and protections of Black folks, as has been portrayed. It is a government hack organization. Do some history on the NAACP, not to be confused with the other civil rights organizations during the so called "civil rights era" and you will see it is of no surprise they would award a known racist a Lifetime Achievement Award.

WDE
WDE

@DawgNole @WDEthanks I haven't laughed that hard in a fortnight , do me..wait do the nation a favor ...quick look in the mirror and tell me the truth can you just glimpse the utter jackazz you are becoming ??  

WDE
WDE

@AlwaysReady @WDE from what I hear Zach is a pretty good egg, he made a mistake and lied about to CMR, but since then he has stayed out of trouble (as far as we know) and he has a boatload of upside.

WDE
WDE

@GTBob   Ol'Bob forgets that if Bug U was a winning team we would be 5 wins higher in the last 5 years...also how many teams that ended up unranked were unranked due to playing and losing to UGA  hmmmmm..oh yeah we did win back to back SEC East titles .   

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

@GTBob He's 12 - 1 against Tech and that is what grates at you though isn't it?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@WDE @DawgNole  

Quick, can you just glimpse the utter dumbazz you've obviously been for quite some time? Now, tell me the truth--if you can figure out how to spell it.

Now, try again. "Your" or "you're"? You can do it. C'mon boy. Put your muddled mind to it. 

WDE
WDE

@GTBob @WDE something that Bug U could never do...and you know that too.

GTBob
GTBob

@WDE No, I really don't. The SEC east is so strong it took a mediocre Missouri program all of 2 years to win it.

WDE
WDE

@GTBob @WDE I think the SEC East has a lot more "juice" than say the ACC coastal ..and you know it.

GTBob
GTBob

@WDE @GTBob  Actually it goes according to final record. Three of those wins were against GT. Take away the GT games and UGA is 13-22 against winning teams. Feel better? Nobody cares about SEC east titles, especially when the SEC has been so weak recently.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Richt is very lucky UGA hired him. If Mark were the coach at Miss State he would already been fired.

GTBob
GTBob

@bigmacondawg Now that FSU has rebuilt their program they would easily beat GT 13 times in a row. VT is 8-2 in the last 10 games against us and they don't get half the talent UGA or FSU gets.

bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

@GTBob @TheOldGuy

Richt is a heck of a coach.  Georgia has been a top 10 program in the BCS era.

This year's game was only close because Murray was hurt.

And 12-1 is a good record against ANY team from any major conference.

I agree that Tech isn't good.  But FSU wouldn't beat Georgia Tech 13 times in a row.

pb
pb

Here we go again, GT Bob>>> It never ends with you. Give it a rest.

GTBob
GTBob

@TheOldGuy If he were a better coach he would be 13-0 against Tech. With the enormous talent disparity between the two teams, there is no reason that UGA should ever lose to Tech or have any close calls like this year. Richt is the only reason we remain somewhat competitive with UGA.