Morris to sit vs. Georgia Tech

semerson@macon.comNovember 14, 2013 

ATHENS - Georgia will play an early key game without one of its presumed starters.

Sophomore forward Brandon Morris will not play on Friday night against Georgia Tech, as part of a continued disciplinary action by head coach Mark Fox. Morris did not play in Georgia's season-opening win over Wofford.

"We'll talk about Brandon Morris when he plays," Fox said. "But he will not play in the game."

Some other notes from Fox as his team prepares to take on the Yellow Jackets:

Quiet signing period

Georgia has not signed anybody during the early signing period, which began this week, and there aren't any plans to do so. The Bulldogs only have one scholarship projected to be available - Donte' Wiliams is the only senior - so they want to use the spot wisely.

Georgia did make a run at a number of high-profile recruits, including guard Jakeenan Grant of Tifton. But Grant signed with Missouri.

"We're starting three sophomores on the perimeter, and we've got three freshmen right behind them, so there's not a whole lot of minutes to sell right there," Fox said. "Just finding a guy that is legitimately good enough that can step in here and win is what (we want). We don't want to take a second-tier guy, so if we have to hold it for the spring we're fine doing that."

Fox on Nick Marshall

You may have heard that Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall played at Georgia for one year before being dismissed. (Really, it's true!) Marshall was also planning to play for Fox and the basketball team, but he didn't have a chance before being kicked out.

The plan was for Marshall to redshirt in 2011, and play basketball that year, the same way Charlie Ward did at Florida State. But depth problems didn't allow him to redshirt.

"He is someone that we would have welcomed, certainly," Fox said.

Fox recalled that Marshall and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had an epic matchup during their junior years of high school.

"I think Nick might have been in the 50, Kentavious might have had it in the 40s, which was not a compliment to their defenses, because they were guarding each other," Fox said, smiling. "So it's a good thing Nick is playing quarterback. But he was a good basketball player, he really was."

Bad timing

Why does Georgia only have one game before playing Georgia Tech? It goes back to Fox's first couple years in Athens, when he felt it was important to play the rivalry game when students were in town. He didn't like the game being played over the holiday break. So then-Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt agreed to move it.

This year it fell early, in part because the Bulldogs had committed to playing in next week's Charleston Classic. Fox then tried to schedule one more game earlier this week, but it didn't work out.

"This is good be a high-major, conference game, and those are so hard to get in scheduling anymore. We're playing it, as we talked about, very early," Fox said. "I think Tech's got a really good team, I really do. I think they've got a pretty complete team, and we'll have to play very well. But it'll be a good measuring stick for us, because it'll be like an SEC game."

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