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Blog: Bullodgs kicker Morgan gets probation, community service for boating under influence arrest

Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan plead guilty last week to two misdemeanor charges stemming from his arrest on Lake Sinclair earlier this summer for boating under the influence.

Morgan received 12 months probation, 240 hours of community service and was fined $1,456, according to a clerk from the Putnam County State Court.

Coach Mark Richt has not revealed if Morgan will be suspended to start the season and indicated Tuesday night he won’t say before the Aug. 31 opener at Clemson.

“If you ask me at halftime of the first game, I’ll let y’all know,” Richt said after Georgia’s second practice of the day. “I’m just saying that you’ll know whether or not he’s in the first game or not by then. You may not have to ask then.”

Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers arrested Morgan on June 29 and charged him with operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol or drugs and towing a skier without an observer. Georgia law prohibits a lone driver from pulling crafts behind a vessel without a second person acting as a spotter. Morgan was driving a jet ski while towing two inner tubes.

Morgan entered guilty pleas in Eatonton on July 31, the day before Georgia’s preseason practices began. He had shown signs of intoxication and admitted to drinking alcohol when he was arrested.

Georgia held a closed special teams practice on Tuesday morning in Sanford Stadium, one of two practices on the day.

Morgan, a sophomore who made eight of 14 field goals last season, and walk-on Patrick Beless kicked field goals, teammates said.

Cornerback Sheldon Dawson said that punter Adam Erickson also was in the mix.

Richt, on an upper field, asked Erickson, on a lower field, to come over to talk to him early in practice Tuesday evening and gave him instructions.

“He’s stepped up and made big kicks in practice as well,” Dawson said of Erickson. “It’s going to be a different vibe and feeling in the game, of course. You can tell he’s ready. Whatever happens, he’s going to be ready for it.”

Richt said of his placekicker depth chart: “It’s still up in the air.”

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