Morgan Kicks a Long One... A Long One

ATHENS - On the 30th-anniversary of Kevin Butler’s 60-yard field goal to beat Clemson, leave it to Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan to boot one from that distance in the lead up to the teams meeting again.

It happened recently in practice in a situation set up similar to the Iron Bowl last year when Alabama’s 57-yard field goal was returned 100 yards for a touchdown by Auburn’s Chris Davis on the final play of a Tigers’ win.

“We could have just had him kick short, but I said `You try to make it and we’ll make sure if you do make it, we’ll flip the ball to whoever’s back there so we can get a return out of it so everybody knows what to do if that happens,” Richt said. “He drilled it. There was a breeze behind his back but it wasn’t a gale force wind.”

Morgan, Georgia’s All-SEC kicker, has a career best 56-yard field goal against Tennessee.

Butler has offered some pointers to Morgan when he’s been around the program, but Morgan said Butler is too modest to bring up the field goal with 11 seconds left to beat Clemson 26-23 in 1984 in Sanford Stadium.

“Trust me, I’ve watched it plenty of times and I definitely admire it,” Morgan said. “Hopefully we might have another one.”

Morgan would love a chance to try in a game.

“I feel a lot stronger going into the season this year,” said Morgan, who missed the Clemson game last year due to a suspension. “Just feel like I started getting into that rhythm midsummer and now it’s repetitive.”

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