Aaron Murray vs. Zach Mettenberger.
The two former UGA quarterbacks, who competed head-to-head against each other for the No. 1 job to lead the Bulldogs for the 2010 season, will go at each other again on Sunday.
Murray is new starting quarterback for the Atlanta Legends (1-3) of the AAF, which is considered to be like minor-league football to the NFL. The Legends will play host Memphis Express (1-3), which are led by Mettenberger.
The game will be televised at 4 p.m. Sunday by CBS Sports Network channel or App. If you’re in the Atlanta area, tickets are still available for the matchup at Georgia State Stadium.
Back to UGA: In the 2009 class, then-Bulldogs coach Mark Richt signed both Murray and Mettenberger. Murray was the 5-star dual-threat quarterback from Florida who signed with UGA over the Gators, among others. Mettenberger was from the Athens area, his mother worked in UGA athletics department; He was raw, but had NFL potential with his height and tremendous arm strength.
Both quarterbacks red-shirted at UGA for the 2009 season. After that, the two battled it out for the No. 1 job in the spring. But that derailed when Mettenberger had off-the-field legal problems (pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery), and he was dismissed from the Bulldogs.
Mettenberger resurrected his career after transferring to Butler junior college, and he eventually landed at LSU. Mettenberger and Murray had an SEC showdown in the 2013 season, with Mettenberger putting up stellar stats, but Murray throwing a late touchdown pass to lead UGA to a 44-41 win.
As far as the NFL, Mettenberger (now 27) was a sixth-round pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2014. He started in 11 games over two seasons for the Titans before being released. This season with AAF’s Memphis Express, he began the year as the third-string quarterback before eventually winning the No. 1 job.
Meanwhile, Murray (now 28) was a fifth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. He bounced around with four NFL teams over four years, but never took a snap in a regular-season game. As far as the AAF, he was essentially the team’s first-round pick, but got beat out for the No. 1 job by Matt Simms in the preseason.
When Simms got injured last week, Murray entered the game and led the Legends to their first win of the season. Shortly after, Murray was announced as the team’s starting quarterback, per DawgNation’s Connor Riley.
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