Marshall Morgan would love to one day follow in the footsteps of former Georgia kicker Blair Walsh.
Walsh, a four-year starter for the Bulldogs from 2008-2011, signed a four-year, $14 million extension with the Vikings in July. Morgan has followed Walsh’s pro career as an example of what could happen if he keeps on his current trajectory.
“He’s a guy I look up to, a great kicker,” Morgan said. “Shoot, just to imagine if I keep doing like I did my sophomore year maybe my dreams will come true and that can happen. But I’m not looking at the $14 million figure right now.”
Morgan went 16 of 21 a year ago with a long of 53. Two of Morgan’s misses came against South Carolina, a game the Bulldogs lost 38-35.
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But as a sophomore in 2013, Morgan hit 22 of 24 field goal attempts with a long of 56 yards, which is a career-best.
Morgan said he’s entering his senior season with the goal of replicating the success he had two years ago.
“I feel I’m a lot more focused since it’s my last year, a huge year,” Morgan said. “This team we have is pretty special. All the new coaches, everyone sees it. I definitely got to perform on my side.”
Morgan has been pleased with his progress this preseason. In addition to receiving advice from Walsh whenever he’s in town, former Georgia kicker Kevin Butler has helped him at times too.
Morgan, named the media’s preseason SEC first-team pick at his position, hopes he can end his Georgia career on a high note this year.
“If I keep kicking the way I’m doing now, I’ll be happy,” Morgan said.