CLEMSON, S.C. – Marshall Morgan's with Georgia here at Clemson's Memorial Stadium, but it doesn't look like he's going to do any kicking.
Georgia’s incumbent starter at place-kicker was arrested for boating under the influence on Lake Sinclair in late June and pleaded guilty to that charge earlier this month in Putnam County. Georgia coach Mark Richt has never specified what UGA’s disciplinary plan for Morgan is, other than to acknowledge there is one. “BUI” is not specified in the athletic association’s student-athlete code of conduct but DUI is and it calls for a mandatory suspension of 20 percent of competition dates, which in football is two games.
So not suspend Morgan had all would seem more than a little hypocritical of the Bulldogs. There was a theory that was gathering steam Saturday that Morgan will be suspended just one half, like Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. After all, Richt has maintained for a couple of weeks now that all interested parties will “find out at halftime of the Clemson game” what his plan was for Morgan.
But that doesn't look to be the case. In fact, walkons Patrick Beless and Thomas Pritchard have been doing all the kicking during pregame warmups. It did not appear that Adam Erickson was taking any warm-up kicks either. He was listed as a punter on the official travel roster released by UGA a short time ago. Beless, a sophomore out of Marist, and Pritchard, a redshirt freshman out of Jefferson County, were the only place-kickers listed other than Morgan.
As for me, I don’t think Morgan will play at all. Starting strong safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, who coach Mark Richt announced in June would be assessed a one-game suspension, is on the trip, too. .