July 2, 2013

Another Dawg in trouble

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Already missing one projected starter in safety Josh Harvey-Clemons for the opener against Clemson, it now appears Georgia could be without its starting kicker as well.

On Saturday, sophomore Marshall Morgan was arrested and charged with boating under the influence by Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rangers while boating on Lake Sinclair in Putnam County.

According to the Eatonton Messenger, Morgan's arrest came as part of the department's Operation Dry Water initiative in conjunction with the Fourth of July Holiday.

When contacted, Georgia sports information director Claude Felton said head coach Mark Richt is aware of the situation, but no public comment has been made.

However, if past offenses are an indication, Morgan can expect to miss as many as two games, the Aug. 31 season-opener at Clemson and SEC home-opener the following week against South Carolina. Last year, linebacker Chase Vasser was suspended for the first two games after being charged with DUI in Atlanta.

Any loss of Morgan would put the Bulldogs in an obvious bind.

Georgia does not have any other placekicker on scholarship, and according to the post-spring depth chart, list sophomore Patrick Beless (5-foot-9, 162) and redshirt freshman Thomas Pritchard as the only two backups on the depth chart.

Neither has kicked in a collegiate game before.

As a freshman, Morgan converted 8 of 14 field goals, including a season-long of 52 yarder against Missouri and went 63 of 67 on his extra point attempts.

According to the paper, Morgan admitted to drinking and was administered a field sobriety test. Morgan, who reports say was cooperative, refused the state test.

According to the paper, Morgan was processed at 7:39 p.m. on June 29 and charged with operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol and towing a skier without an observer on-board. He was released on property bonds of $1,556 and $168, respectively.

Under new BUI laws, boaters under 21 only have to register a .02 blood-alcohol content compared to .08 for persons over 21 to be in violation.

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