ATHENS - This year is the 30th anniversary of Kevin Butler's 60-yard field goal to lift Georgia over Clemson. Could it happen again? The circumstances would be hard to duplicate, but Georgia has the kicker to do it.
Marshall Morgan, who made field goals from 56 and 55 yards last year, nailed a 60-yarder in practice the other day, according to head coach Mark Richt. It happened as the team simulated the final play of last year's Iron Bowl, the infamous missed long field goal that led to Auburn's touchdown return.
Except Morgan made the field goal.
"We could've just had him kick short. But I told him, You try to make it, and then we'll make sure that if you do make it we'll flip the ball back there to whoever's back there so we can get a return out of it, so everybody can know what to do if it happens," Richt said. "And he drilled it."
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There was a breeze behind Morgan, Richt said, but he said it "wasn't a gale-force wind."
Morgan speaks occasionally to Butler, who is a radio analyst and around the team. But he's never brought up the 60-yarder against Clemson.
"He's a real modest guy, he's not gonna boast about that," Morgan said. "But trust me I've watched it plenty of times, and I definitely admire it."
Morgan, as you would expect, said he would be ready to kick a 60-yarder this season.
"If they give me an opportunity," Morgan said.
'I'm not gonna tell you'
Georgia has decided who would play quarterback if something happened to Hutson Mason on Saturday. It just won't announce it.
The competition between Faton Bauta and Brice Ramsey has lasted since the beginning of spring practice. Both have alternated reps with the second team during practices, and the team's official depth chart lists them together as the No. 2 quarterback.
Head coach Mark Richt said after Wednesday's practice that they know which quarterback would go in. But that's as far as he would go.
"Absolutely," Richt said. "I know, but I'm not gonna tell you."
The caginess wasn't limited to the quarterbacks. Richt announced as he began the post-practice press conference that his primary answer was going to be, "I know, but I'm not gonna tell you." That was how he answered a question about the secondary, but indicated that nothing has changed in terms of playing youngsters.
"We're gonna be playing guys where some of the guys have never played college ball, and none of them have played in this system," Richt said.
To hear the players tell it after Wednesday's practice, whoever starts on Saturday won't necessarily matter.
Sophomore J.J. Green, who is working at safety and the star position, said he thinks defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is going to substitute liberally.
"He's gonna rotate a lot of guys," Green said. "I mean if you're a starter that doesn't really matter too much to him. Because he can pull you out of the starting rotation, easy."
Junior linebacker Jordan Jenkins echoed that.
"I see darn near a different person every play," Jenkins said. "I don't know if it's substitution or coach Pruitt firing people. But he's sending guys in. ... They're getting work, and everybody's getting the same amount of reps. So I don't know who's gonna be in there come Saturday."
Jenkins tests well
Georgia may be preparing for a huge season opener, but football isn't the only thing going on.
Jenkins, an All-SEC candidate, said he took the test to get into the Terry College of Business on Wednesday. He volunteered that he got a 470 out of 500, which puts him in good shape, but he still needs to write a 300-word essay.
In taking the test, Jenkins said he originally went to the wrong building, then had to hustle to nearly across campus in 90-degree heat.
"I was soaking wet when I got to the classroom," Jenkins said. "But they had the AC going so I was pretty cool."