UGA kicker Morgan arrested for boating under influence at Lake Sinclair

Georgia placekicker Marshall Morgan was arrested on Saturday and charged with boating under the influence at Lake Sinclair.

Morgan, a rising sophomore, was arrested by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers after a ranger in a helicopter witnessed him piloting a jet ski while towing two inner tubes.

Georgia law prohibits a lone driver from pulling crafts behind a vessel without a second person acting as a spotter, said DNR Cpt. Bob Lynn.

DNR patron boats stopped Morgan, who initially refused a blood-alcohol test, Lynn said.

Morgan, 19, then showed signs of intoxication and admitted to drinking alcohol, according to the DNR’s incident report. The arrest location was listed on the DNR report as Rooty Creek.

Morgan was taken to Putnam County Jail, where he was booked about 6:30 p.m. and released about two hours later on $1,724 bond, according to a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.

Morgan played in each of the Bulldogs’ 14 games last season, going 8-for-14 on field-goal attempts and 63-for-67 on point-after attempts, a single-season school record.

Georgia coach Mark Richt is aware of the situation, but did not offer any more details on potential punishments, according to a Georgia spokesman.

Georgia athletic department policy dictates a suspension of at least 20 percent of an athlete’s season — in this case, two games — after a first-time DUI arrest. However, it is not known how a boating under the influence arrest will be handled, and a Georgia spokesman did not return an email for clarification on the rule. The department’s policy also states that a violation involving driving a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol will be dealt with similar to a positive drug test, which results in a suspension for 10 percent of the season, which equates to at least one game for a football player.

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