ATHENS -- It looks like there’s now a competition for the kickoff job.
Although place-kicker Marshall Morgan was listed as the starter for the spot entering the game, punter Collin Barber stepped onto the field first to handle the first kickoff of Saturday's 51-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe. Barber continued that for Georgia’s first six kickoffs and had four go for touchbacks.
Barber got the starting nod because Morgan tweaked his groin during Georgia’s final scrimmage of the preseason, which forced the Bulldogs to shut him down for the short term. Impressed with Barber’s ability to handle kickoffs, he was given the opportunity to open Saturday’s win at the position.
Now, it appears as if there will be a competition.
“I don’t know who will kick off in the future,” Richt said. “We went into camp thinking Marshall, but Collin has done a nice job when Marshall was nursing his leg a little bit. We’ll see what we do with that in the future.”
Morgan’s injury isn’t severe, as he was able to handle extra points and kicked off twice in the second half.
Although Barber got the start Saturday, he hasn’t been informed yet if it’s a role he’ll continue.
“I have no idea, honestly,” Barber said. “Just like any other position, you have to compete and whoever is more consistent and doing better that week plays. We’ll find out.”