This and that: More cryptic comments on Morgan's status

semerson@macon.comAugust 12, 2013 



ATHENS - Sensing the question, Mark Richt headed it off after Monday's practice.

"As far as any announcement on Marshall Morgan, it's gonna be halftime of the game," Richt said.

Asked to clarify, Richt remained coy: "By halftime you'll know what's up."

It was similar to what Richt said last week about Morgan, the sophomore place-kicker whose suspension (if there is one) will not be announced before the Clemson game. Morgan was arrested for boating under the influence in July, a misdemeanor for which he plead guilty and will serve probation.

Richt also brought up senior offensive lineman Austin Long, who has yet to practice because of an unspecified academic situation. Richt said reporters could ask about Long on Wednesday.

Special teams possibilities

Once again, Georgia is likely to divvy up the punt and kick return duties, and the offensive stars are in the mix. Malcolm Mitchell is taking reps at both kick and punt return, duties he has held the past couple seasons. Todd Gurley is also a candidate to return kickoffs, as he did early in his freshman season.

"I don't know if it's just gonna be one guy," Richt said. "I wouldn't say one guy is our guy at punt returner, or kick returner. By design, we may end up rotating them around a bit."

There's also a competition at long snapper, with sophomore Nate Theus getting a push from Trent Frix, a walk-on brother of Ty Frix, the long snapper the past few seasons.

Preaching patience to Terry

Over the weekend freshman receiver Tramel Terry spoke in frustration about his recovery from knee surgery, saying frankly that he wasn't ready. He called it "the worst time of my life." Two days later, Terry's teammates spoke about their mental support for him.

"I told him that the hardest thing in life is to be patient and wait for things to happen," Mitchell said.

Richt also indicated a level of patience.

"Tramel is in a rush. I mean he wants to play so bad you could just see it. We want him to be 100 percent healthy," Richt said. "We know he's gonna get better and better and healthier and healthier. Whether it happens this year or not remains to be seen. But we don't want to push him before he's ready, so we're just gonna keep practicing him, it's getting better every day. But I know it's not coming as fast as he wants it to come."

Injury updates

Georgia's lengthy injury list dissipated a bit after taking Sunday off, though it was still 14 strong. The two new additions were receivers Reggie Davis and Rhett McGowan, who both have sprained ankles.

Tight end Jay Rome (ankle sprain) was limited in Monday's practice and will likely be held out of Wednesday's scrimmage. Nose tackle Chris Mayes remains out with a concussion.

Starting free safety Tray Matthews was limited Monday with a shoulder sprain and hamstring sprain. Tailback A.J. Turman was out with a knee sprain and ankle sprain.

No redshirt for Davis

It was already likely that freshman tight end Jordan Davis, with the team only having three scholarship tight ends. It may have been different if Ty Flournoy-Smith had not transferred to Georgia Military College after a couple off-field issues. But Richt made clear that Davis is set to get playing time.

"I don't think we have any thoughts of redshirting him right now. I think we've gotta get him ready to play," Richt said. "The tight end is very important in our system, and with just two veterans, and one hurt (Rome) obviously, he'd be playing right now. I think we have some two-tight end sets that he'd be playing in in the game. And I don't think we also don't see one tight end playing every snap."

Richt dives in, again

Six months after hip surgery, Richt took his annual jump off the high dive at the Ramsey. He said he worried about the hip at first, then got more comfortable.

"I think I'll keep doing it every year," Richt said. "I might do it till I kick."

He talks about it here:



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