September 1, 2008

Future Dawgs loved it in Athens

Three of Georgia's current 14 verbal commitments were in Athens for the Bulldog opener against Georgia Southern. Abry Jones, Zach Mettenberger, and Michael Gilliard were all inside Sanford Stadium and the future Dawgs all loved it.

All three of the commitments were on unofficial visits, but they got to take in the atmosphere, speak with the coaches, envision themselves playing between the hedges, and more Saturday afternoon.

Mettenberger Likes the Younger Guys Playing

"It was my first time at Georgia for a game as a commitment, so it was a little different," said Mettenberger. "More people recognized me, people said they were glad to have me, and things like that, but it really was not too different. I have always gone to games and I have always been a fan, so a lot of it was the same for me."

The Dawgs jumped out to a 38-0 lead in the second half before going on to win 45-21. It was the opener and Georgia was preseason number one, so Mettenberger got to see the fans full if excitement.

"I got there right before the game, so I missed the Dawg Walk, but I went on the field and the atmosphere was great. The fans were all pshyced up and everyone was wanting Georgia to win. It was a real good atmosphere."

A couple of things stood out to this 6-foot-5, 229 pound four-star quarterback out of Watkinsville (Ga.) Oconee County during Georgia's first victory.

"The pass that A.J. Green caught on the first drive was very nice. It was a big play and he is pretty impressive. He and Tavarres King are both impressive freshman receivers."

"Coach Richt played a lot of freshmen and I can't believe those guys are just one year older than me. I just think it is cool that he plays young guys and that it could be me."

Gilliard Watch Curran Closely

Linebacker Michael Gilliard traveled up from Valdosta (Ga.) to watch the Dawgs in action this weekend. He had been to Athens a number of times prior to Saturday, but this experience may have been his best.

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