ATHENS - The extent of Marshall Morgan's suspension is now official. The Georgia place-kicker will return from a two-game suspension after the bye week, for Georgia's third game, against North Texas. Head coach Mark Richt confirmed that after Wednesday's practice.
Morgan was suspended after a summer arrest for boating under the influence on Lake Oconee. Richt had played coy with Morgan's status all preseason and prior to the Clemson game.
But Richt unexpectedly announced during his radio show on Monday night that Morgan would also sit out against South Carolina. So why did he say it then? Richt said he told Claude Felton, the team's associate athletics director for media relations, that if someone asked him about it on his call-in show that he would say so.
"And if they didn't I wasn't going to say anything," Richt said. "So I just left it up to the callers."
Walk-on Patrick Beless handled the place kicks in Morgan's absence, going five-for-five while not having a chance to try a field goal. Beless won the opportunity in a practice competition against fellow walk-on Adam Erickson, who also handles the team's short (pooch) punts.
Beless and Erickson have been unavailable for media interviews all season.
"They've got enough to think about right now," Richt said. "I don't need them becoming media darlings right now."
Terry likely to redshirt
Entering the season, it was hoped Tramel Terry could be healthy enough to be a factor on offense. But the freshman receiver expressed frustration in August at his rate of healing, and now it appears he will sit out his first season at Georgia.
"My guess is that Tramel would not play right now. That's my best guess," Richt said, before adding: "But we don't have to determine that for awhile. We've got some other guys that we think can play. It's tough to come off an ACL like Tramel did and really be the best that he could be. And so we know that he'll be better in Year 5 than he'd be right now, as far as his ability to play full-speed. He could play, but right now I'm not sure that he will."
Two other newcomer receivers do figure to play eventually, perhaps as early as Saturday. Junior Jonathan Rumph and freshman Reggie Davis are getting snaps in practice, and any game time will be determined by how the game is going.
Freshmen corners miss practice
Freshmen cornerbacks Brendan Langley and Shaq Wiggins each missed practice on Wednesday, but Richt indicated it's not serious.
Langley, who started at Clemson, had a leg injury that Richt termed as "not severe." Wiggins had a temperature, but Richt didn't think it was the flu.
"We would assume both of them would be ready (Thursday) at practice," Richt said.
Georgia held a full-pads practice, which for this team is unusual for a Wednesday of game week. Richt said it was partly a reaction to the poor tackling at Clemson, and partly to prepare for South Carolina's physical play.
"We didn't tackle that well in the last game, so just trying to come out, get ready for South Carolina," Georgia junior defensive lineman Toby Johnson said. "Because them boys, they like to run the ball a lot. So obviously we've gotta tackle."
"I thought we tackled better today than we did yesterday," Richt said.