UGA kicker Morgan moves on from miss against Ole Miss

Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan said after practice Wednesday that he’s done “amazing” on his field goals in practice this week.

That jibed with the strong report a day earlier from assistant coach John Lilly, who oversees the kickers.

All of which followed the freshman missing his only field goal attempt Saturday against Ole Miss from 47 yards. Missing might be too kind a word for the second-quarter try that went way wide left.

“The only thing I told him is the one thing to keep in mind is you’ll never have one that is that bad again,” Lilly said. “You got your worst one out of the way. You’re going to have a great career the next three and a half years.”

Said Morgan of his misfire: “It happens. I’m glad I made all my extra points. I’ve been doing good on those (of late).”

Morgan has hit 6 of 9 field goals this season including a long from 52 against Missouri. He boomed a 50-yard field goal on the final play of the first half against Tennessee and converting from 27 yards to end the second quarter at Kentucky.

“In a lot of cases, the bigger the kick, the better he’s been,” Lilly said. “I think freshmen all go through different curves. He’s made some big kicks for us. We’ve got a lot of faith in him and his ability. I think he’ll continue to improve.”

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