Georgia K Morgan may face ban after arrest
Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan could miss at least one game this season following an arrest on June 29 for boating under the influence.
According to a Georgia Department of Natural Resources incident report, DNR rangers at Lake Sinclair observed Morgan, 19, operating a personal watercraft and towing two riders on an inner tube without a spotter, which is a violation of state boating law.
Upon stopping the watercraft, arresting ranger Lynn Stanford reported that Morgan admitted to drinking, so the ranger administered a field sobriety test. Stanford added that Morgan registered a .083 blood alcohol reading on an Alco-Sensor test and refused a chemical test. The legal limit for boating under the influence in Georgia is a .02 blood alcohol concentration for operators under age 21.
Stanford stated in the incident report that fellow DNR ranger Jeremy Reese "informed me that Mr. Morgan had asked him if 'football' could help him out while we were still in the boat."
Morgan was taken to Putnam County Jail on Saturday, charged with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol and towing a skier without an observer on a personal watercraft and later released on a $1,724 property bond.
Regarding any potential penalty, Georgia sports information director Claude Felton said Tuesday afternoon that Bulldogs coach Mark Richt is aware of Morgan's arrest, but there is "nothing to report yet."
Georgia's student-athlete handbook calls for a competition suspension of at least 20 percent of the season (two games) for a first DUI arrest.
Whether an alcohol-related boating offense falls under that category remains unclear. The handbook later states that "any violation involving the operation of a motor vehicle after consumption of alcohol ... is considered the same as a positive drug test" and subject to a suspension of no less than 10 percent of the season, or one game.
Georgia visits Clemson in the Aug. 31 opener and hosts South Carolina the following week. Those teams finished the 2012 season ranked 11th and eighth, respectively, in The Associated Press Top 25.
Morgan is Georgia's only scholarship place-kicker. He set new program records for most PATs made and attempted (63-for-67). He also went 8-for-14 on field goals and handled 33 of Georgia's 85 kickoffs.
Georgia's summer depth chart lists sophomore Patrick Beless and redshirt freshman Thomas Pritchard as Morgan's backups, although punters Collin Barber and Adam Erickson could also figure into the Bulldogs' kicking plans if Morgan misses any time.
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