ATHENS - For all of Georgia's problems on special teams, it's shaping up that its best bet to be an all-SEC selection is, in fact, a special teams player.
Sophomore kicker Marshall Morgan received two honors on Monday: He was named one of 20 national semifinalists for the Lou Groza kicking award, and he was named the SEC special teams player of the week.
This is the third time this season Morgan has been the SEC special teams player of the week. He received the award after the LSU and Tennessee games. Morgan essentially was the difference in last Saturday's 23-20 win over Florida: He was perfect on three field goal attempts, including a 49-yarder, while Florida missed two short field goals.
When you consider Morgan is the only SEC kicker among the Groza semifinalists, it makes him the clear leader for first-team all-SEC, albeit with a month still to go.
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Morgan leads the SEC in field goal percentage (86.7), scoring per game (10.2 points per game) and field goals per game (2.17).
Including walk-on Patrick Beless, who kicked in Morgan's place the first two games, Georgia kickers are 15-for-17 on field goals this season, and perfect on all extra point attempts. Morgan was suspended the first two games of the season after a summer arrest for boating under the influence.
Morgan has made field goals of 55, 56 and 49. His only two misses have come from 52 yards (against North Texas) and 39 yards (at Tennessee.)
Smith also honored
Senior defensive end Garrison Smith was also honored by the SEC on Monday. Smith was named the conference's defensive lineman of the week after registering 2.5 sacks and a career-high nine tackles against Florida.
Smith only had 1.5 sacks this season entering the game. He shared one sack with Leonard Floyd.