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Marshall MorganRadi Nabulsi/ESPNGeorgia coach Mark Richt seems to have more faith in kicker Marshall Morgan (13) for the 2013 season after putting him through the paces this spring.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Kicking in the SEC as a true freshman is rarely a smooth ride -- and Marshall Morgan can attest.

Performing as a place-kicker in a packed SEC stadium versus the far smaller audiences at the average high school football stadium simply requires an adjustment period, and some players never make an adequate transition.

Solid debut for UGA special teams 

September, 2, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- One of Georgia’s greatest areas of emphasis during the offseason was improving its atrocious results on special teams -- particularly in covering kicks.

So how did the Bulldogs fare in their first time out after inserting more starters and key players on the special teams units? Pretty well, actually.

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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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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia coach Mark Richt played it coy when asked about safety Bacarri Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree being listed atop the depth chart for the Bulldogs’ game against Buffalo on Saturday.

“We’ll just have to wait and see. Time will tell,” Richt said about what to expect from the two players Saturday, provoking uncomfortable laughter from the media members gathered in the room. “I’m glad we can laugh about that.”

Although Richt has never acknowledged a punishment for either player, suspension rumors have surrounded Rambo and Ogletree since the spring, when both players reportedly failed drug tests.

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Richt, Bobo offer position updates 

August, 25, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- With roughly a week left before Georgia opens the season against Buffalo, the Bulldogs’ coaching staff is still sorting through its final starting personnel decisions.

Coach Mark Richt said Friday evening that the staff has essentially nailed down the lineup for the Sept. 1 Buffalo game, but that some positions on the special-teams units might still be up for grabs.

“I think we know who’s starting at every position. Some of that on defense just depends on what personnel group jumps out first. But I’m pretty sure," Richt said. "Now in the kicking [game], I wouldn’t say that’s etched in stone. I wouldn’t say even the return men. The names we’ve been talking about are the guys that are going to be doing it, but just to say who’s going to be the first one, I wouldn’t say we know that 100 percent.”

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Notebook: Morgan, Barber form new pair 

August, 9, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s staff didn’t waste any time trying to forge a bond between the new kicker-punter tandem to replace Blair Walsh and Drew Butler.

When freshman kicker Marshall Morgan and punter Collin Barber arrived on campus this summer, they roomed together on campus and struck a fast friendship.

“Me and Marshall have become really good friends,” Barber said after Thursday’s practice. “We’ve roomed together and we see each other every day and depend on each other. We’ve gotten to where we can depend on each other and hold each other accountable.”

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Preseason previews: Special teams 

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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.


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G-Day game by the numbers

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Red Team 32, Black Team 31

44,117 -- Attendance at Sanford Stadium.

2:10 -- How long the game took, in hours and minutes.

Offense
4 -- Number of yards by which senior RB Richard Samuel beat out sophomore RB Isaiah Crowell for most net yards rushing. Samuel, 43 yards on eight carries. Crowell, 39 on 10 carries.

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Butler to walk-ons: Consistency is king 

March, 20, 2012
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To get ready for the start of Georgia’s spring football practice today, DawgNation will do a position breakdown each day and feature a player to watch in that personnel group. Today we look at special teams and walk-on kickers Jamie Lindley, Scott Eichler and Adam Erickson.

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia signed punter Collin Barber and kicker Marshall Morgan to immediately step in and replace departed seniors Drew Butler and Blair Walsh -- two of the best ever to play the kicking positions at Georgia.

That hardly means that plan is set in stone, however. Just ask Butler.

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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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