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Richt excited to watch quarterbacks Marshall, Mettenberger

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Mark Richt will be paying extra attention to Saturday's Auburn/LSU matchup in Baton Rouge.

He once coached both starting quarterbacks.

Auburn starter Nick Marshall was part of Richt's "Dream Team" recruiting class of 2011. He was recruited as a quarterback but ended up in the defensive secondary in Athens. He, along with two teammates, was dismissed from the team in early 2012 for a violation of team rules.

He ended up at Auburn after a year in junior college.

Mettenberger, whose mother works in the athletic department at UGA, was arrested March 7, 2010 on five misdemeanor charges. He was dismissed from the team shortly after, with the official reason again given as "violation of team rules."

Again, after a year at a junior college, Mettenberger signed with LSU.

During Wednesday's SEC coaches' teleconference, Richt said he the connection to both starters Saturday had not occurred to him.

"It will be very interesting to watch because I know both of those guys," he said. "We're going to end up playing both of those teams as well."

The Bulldogs face North Texas Saturday with a noon kickoff, giving Richt plenty of time to see the 7:45 p.m. ET battle of the Tigers.

"I like both of them very much," Richt said, of the quarterbacks. "I want the very best for them and I'm glad they both landed in a good spot and are having an opportunity to have good careers. I'm happy for them and it will be interesting to watch."

Jonathan Huskey

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