Kicker Marshall Morgan and punter Collin Barber, both 2012 signees, made their Sanford Stadium debuts in a preseason practice this morning.
Barber impressed Mark Richt with his hang time and operation time, but the Georgia coach came away less than satisfied with how the kickers did.
He said Morgan made about 75 percent of his kicks.
“In a drill like that, you always want to hit them all,” Richt said.
Morgan did better than the 59.5 percent of field goals Georgia made last season, second-to-worst in the SEC.
“Our extra point and field goals were not where they need to be yet,” Richt said of today’s showing.
Senior walk-on Jamie Lindley was also kicking. He missed one, Richt said.
“When they hit it really good, it looks great, but there was a little inconsistency there, not as deadly accurate as you want,” Richt said. “A lot of it is just getting used to going full speed with the live rusher and the new holder and being in Sanford Stadium and everybody watching too. I’m sure that had a little bit to do with it.”
Marshall and Lindley fared well on kickoffs.
“High, into the end zone, good hangtime,” Richt said.
Richt said it’s too early for any separation on the depth chart at kicker and punter. Adam Erickson is also competing at punter.
“I think all four of those guys can do it,” Richt said. “It’s just a matter of who’s going to do it.”
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