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Blog: Kicker Morgan remains suspended for South Carolina game

Georgia coach Mark Richt isn’t hiding it anymore.

Kicker Marshall Morgan will miss Saturday’s game against South Carolina as part of a suspension for his boating under the influence arrest, he said on his radio show on Monday night.

“That’s the news flash for the show,” Richt said. “How ‘bout that?”

Richt didn’t say after Saturday’s 38-35 loss to Clemson if Morgan would play against the Gamecocks and he wouldn’t say Sunday night on a teleconference with reporters. He never said Morgan’s status prior to the game.

Walk-on Patrick Beless is in line to handle the extra points and field goals again after beating out Adam Erickson for the job in the preseason. Richt revealed Morgan’s status when asked if Beless would play this week.

“Beless did do a nice job for us in that role,” Richt said. “It was a little bit of a kicking contest between Adam and Beless, and Beless won it out in a very close match or competition.”

Beless lined up to kick his first field goal for Georgia on Saturday night, but never got a chance.

Georgia had a high snap and the ball was never put down for Beless to try the chip-shot from 20 yards.

The sophomore walk-on from the Marist School in Atlanta converted all five extra point tries.

“I thought that Beless did a good job kicking extra points,” Richt said Sunday. “He was about to get a shot at a field goal that was actually shorter than an extra point but we couldn’t get the ball down.”

Beless was not made available for interviews Monday when requested by reporters.
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