Marshall Morgan’s extra-point woes resurface

sports@macon.comSeptember 29, 2012 

ATHENS -- Place-kicking can be both the easiest and hardest task on a football team.

Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan knows this and has a motto for each and every game -- forget about the last kick and focus on the one ahead.

Morgan, a true freshman, is 3-for-4 on his field goal attempts and has made 27-of-30 extra-point attempts. Morgan’s extra point woes resurfaced early during Saturday’s contest against Tennessee, which Georgia held on to win 51-44.

After Todd Gurley gave Georgia its biggest lead of the game at 21-10, Morgan missed the point after kick, dinging the ball off of the left upright. Morgan later had another extra-point try blocked.

“The operation wasn’t good,” Morgan said in reference to the first missed extra point. “I don’t know. I can’t tell you; I just try to kick each one down the middle.”

On the second missed point after attempt, there was nothing the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native could do as it was blocked by Tennessee’s defenders.

“Extra point field goal, they blasted through and blocked it,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. “That’s not good.”

Richt also looked at the positive side of the team’s kicking game.

“The kid drills a 50-yard field goal with just a couple of seconds left in the half,” Richt said. “If he had missed that, I wouldn’t have said anything about it. That’s like kicking three extra points. I’m very happy about that.”

Morgan shares his coach’s happiness, as well, and is glad to have moved past the early extra-point struggles. He tied the game at 30 apiece on the final play of the first half on the long field goal Richt referenced.

That kick added a second 50-yard plus field goal to his résumé, making him 2-for-2 in his young Georgia career. It also gave a reeling Bulldogs squad something to build on for the final half.

Morgan knows his woes did not affect the outcome. That is the most important thing the freshman takes away from the game.

“I’m happy that we won the game,” Morgan said. “I’m really happy that I put (the miss) behind me and drilled the 50-yarder.”

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