Georgia Bulldogs: Brandon Bogotay

ATHENS, Ga. -- Count Mark Richt among those who are curious about how Georgia’s kicking situation will shake out in Saturday’s opener against Buffalo.

The Bulldogs’ head coach said after Wednesday’s practice that freshman kicker Marshall Morgan and punter Collin Barber’s readiness to perform is what he will be most interested to evaluate this weekend.

“Kickers and punters,” Richt said, “I’m very interested to see how that goes.”

Richt added that he is intrigued to watch how the Bulldogs’ tailbacks -- including freshman newcomers Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall -- acquit themselves in their first college game.

“It’s going to be fun to watch our backs,” he said. “Those would probably be the top two right now for me.”

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Editor’s note: With Georgia set to open preseason camp on Thursday, DawgNation will break down each position group and the storylines to watch in August. After examining Georgia’s offensive and defensive position groups, we complete the series today with the Bulldogs’ special teams units.

Spring look: Special teams

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To get ready for the start of Georgia’s spring football practice today, DawgNation has provided a position breakdown for each of the last nine days. In today’s final installment, we analyze the special teams.

2011 starters: P Drew Butler, 2011 senior (58 punts, 2,566 yards, 44.2 yards per punt); PK: Blair Walsh, 2011 senior (21-35 field goals, 46-46 PAT, 109 points); PR: Brandon Boykin, 2011 senior (14 returns, 180 yards, 1 TD, 12.9 yards per return); KOR: Boykin (38-850, 22.4 yards per return); SN: Ty Frix, Sr.

Key losses: Butler, Walsh, Boykin, PK Brandon Bogotay (1-2 FG, 6-6 PAT, 9 points)

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New kickoff rules suit UGA's Morgan 

February, 26, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The NCAA recently finalized rules changes that will make kickoffs for touchbacks even more likely in college football.

That is particularly significant at Georgia -- a program that signed touchback specialist Marshall Morgan (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./American Heritage) earlier this month -- since the NCAA’s decision to move kickoffs up from the 30-yard line to the 35 could mean more touchbacks for the Bulldogs.

The rules and distances are slightly different for high schools -- Morgan’s kickoffs originated from the 40 -- but Morgan used his powerful right leg to boot all but one of his kickoffs for touchbacks as a senior in high school.

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