Morgan redeeming himself to 'everyone I let down'

semerson@macon.comSeptember 30, 2013 

ATHENS – Marshall Morgan is feeling a lot better about himself these days, using his foot to redeem himself.

“It definitely feels good, and I’m glad that everyone I let down in the boating incident, I’m kind of trying to make them proud. My family and my hometown,” Morgan said.

The boating incident he was referring to was a summer arrest for boating under the influence of alcohol, which led to a two-game suspension. His replacement as Georgia’s place-kicker, walk-on Patrick Beless, didn’t miss a kick.

But Morgan got his job back upon his return, and he’s showed why: The SEC named him special teams player of the week on Monday, after Morgan went three-for-three on field goal attempts, including a 55-yarder that ultimately was the scoring difference in the three-point win over LSU.

“I asked a few kids after the game (about the 55-yarder),” Morgan said. “We were in the locker room. I was like: You were probably doubting I was gonna hit that, right? And they’re like: ‘Yeah, I didn’t think you were gonna make that. I was wondering why coach Richt was kicking a field goal. But now yeah, I got faith (in you).”

In the two games since his return he is 4-for-5 on field goals, with the only miss coming from 52 yards, and perfect on extra point attempts. It’s a big departure from how he started last year, missing three extra points, and dinging a few more off the uprights, as well as some short field goals.

“It’s a big confidence booster,” Morgan said on Monday. “Just makes me a lot more comfortable now. I just feel my teammates have a lot more faith in me now.”

Gurley misses practice

As expected, star tailback Todd Gurley sat out Monday’s practice with a sprained ankle. Head coach Mark Richt, speaking on his weekly radio show, reiterated that Gurley is “day-to-day.”

“We just don’t know how long it’ll take before he’ll be able to play again,” Richt said. “He’s gotta keep getting rehab and keep working it until he’s ready to go. Ankles are different for different players.”

Keith Marshall, who would replace Gurley in the starting lineup, shrugged off questions about whether he would carry more of a load. Marshall said he also hasn’t spoken to Gurley, his roommate, about his status.

“We just talked like normal,” Marshall said. “We’ve just been hanging out and stuff. We haven’t really talked about it.

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