Senior kicker Marshall Morgan recorded two tackles on kickoffs during Saturday’s 52-20 win over South Carolina.
Morgan was the first to initiate contact on the tackles, both of which came in the first half. Of course, it’s not a good thing when a kicker is making a special teams tackle. South Carolina return specialist Shon Carson ran the kickoffs for 28 and 27 yards before Morgan made the tackles. With Morgan getting a couple of tackles, he joked that he should try out for linebacker as the season continues.
“I think, shoot, maybe if I make three next game,” Morgan said. “Me and (defensive tackle Jeremy) Pruitt didn’t talk yet. I might talk to him.”
On Georgia’s fifth kickoff of the first half, Collin Barber came in and was unable to record a touchback. Carson returned the ball 51 yards, with South Carolina being gifted 15 yards following a facemask penalty from receiver Reggie Davis.
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The Gamecocks then closed the half with a 51-yard field goal from Elliott Fry.
As for his kicking, Morgan bounced back with a field goal from 30 yards out at the 7:16 mark in the first quarter. He missed two of his three attempts last week in Nashville.
Morgan also earned his first start of the season at kickoff specialist. His first two kicks went for touchbacks.