One of the areas Georgia coach Mark Richt was particularly excited about from the Bulldogs’ scrimmage this past Saturday night was the place-kicking of junior Marshall Morgan.
UGA did not share exact field-goal statistics from the workout at Sanford Stadium, but Richt said Morgan made one of more than 50 yards and missed two “really long ones.” He did not attempt any short to medium-range kicks during the scrimmage.
“He’s hitting the ball really good,” Richt said. “I like the way he’s hitting the ball. The ball gets up, his leg is strong, he’s doing a nice job.”
That’s a continuation of how Morgan did as a sophomore last season. He led all SEC kickers in scoring (10.3 ppg) and field goals made (22) and was 22-of-24 overall while making all 47 of his PAT attempts.
The one area Morgan seeks dramatic improvement in this season is on his kickoffs. Georgia had only 21 touchbacks a year ago — less than third of what SEC leader Auburn had (69) — and the Bulldogs were 13th in the league in kickoff coverage (38.8-yard net from point of kickoff.)
Morgan told reporters this past week he has adjusted his angle and steps on kickoffs for this season and he expects significant improvement as a result.
“I can consistently get them in the back now,” he said.
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