Richt: Morgan Suspended for SC Game

Richt: Morgan Suspended for SC Game

ATHENS – Kicker Marshall Morgan will miss Saturday's game against South Carolina.

That's as part of a suspension for his boating under the influence arrest, Richt said on his radio show on Monday night.

"That's the news flash for the show," Richt said. "How ‘bout that?"

Richt didn't say after Saturday's 38-35 loss to Clemson if Morgan would miss his second straight game due to suspension and he wouldn't say Sunday night on a teleconference with reporters. He played coy on Morgan's status prior to the game.

Walk-on Patrick Beless is in line to handle the extra points and field goals again after beating out Adam Erickson for the job in the preseason.

"Beless did do a nice job for us in that role," Richt said. "It was a little bit of a kicking contest between Adam and Beless and Beless won it out in a very close match or competition."

Beless lined up to kick his first field goal for Georgia on Saturday night, but never got a chance.

Georgia had a high snap and the ball was never put down for Beless to try the chip-shot from 20 yards.

The sophomore from the Marist School in Atlanta converted all five extra point tries.

Beless wasn't made available for interviews on Monday night, but he wasn't alone. Only four players requested were.

Floyd denies faking injury

Freshman Leonard Floyd denied he faked an injury Saturday night against Clemson and said he didn't intend to slow the Tigers' uptempo offense down by falling to the field one play after taking a shot to the groin on Saturday night.

"I couldn't battle pain no more so I just fell," Floyd said on Monday night. "It wasn't nothing to slow the game down. I was just injured and fell."

Georgia coach Mark Richt said a day earlier he wants his players when they are injured to stay down on the field until officials stop play.

"In the past, you'd say be brave and be tough and try to drag yourself off the field but what happens when you do that, you're giving the other team the advantage so if you're hurt," Richt said. "Just say down until the officials stop play and then come off the field and let the next guy in."

After a Tajh Boyd run in the first quarter, Floyd headed slowly toward the sideline, ftapping his helmet to indicate he wanted a substitution. Georgia cornerback Damian Swann directed Floyd to go down on the field.

Floyd, who played the star nickel position and outside linebacker, was hurt on the previous play.

"The running back tried to cut me and I guess his leg whipped around and hit me in my privacy areas," Floyd said. "I was telling coach a couple of plays before I was tapping my head trying to get out. They just told me fall because I was injured."

Floyd said he at first tried to fight through the pain.

"I couldn't bear it much longer," he said.

Floyd and defensive lineman Mike Thornton said players aren't instructed to fake injuries to slow a game down.

"Nah, not at all," Thornton said.

He said going up against Clemson's fast-paced offense, a couple of players cramped up, including him.

Starting his first college game, Floyd had four tackles and a team-high two quarterback hurries.

This and that

Thornton was upbeat about the showing by Georgia's defense against Clemson. "As a defense, nobody really expected us to really play as well as we did," Thornton said. "I feel like we played great as a defense. There are small things that we had to correct that will get corrected coming up this week." Reminded that Clemson scored 38 points Saturday, Thornton said: "I feel as a unit we played decent, we just have work to do. We still have 11 games left to go."

Todd Gurley was named SEC offensive player of the week after rushing for 155 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.

Georgia is now listing Garrison Smith as its starting nose guard..

Josh Harvey-Clemons is listed as the No. 2 strong safety behind Connor Norman, but he's expected to start after coming off a one-game suspension.

Saturdays' captains: Smith, Gurley, Arthur Lynch and Justin Scott-Wesley.

ESPN's on-air crew for Saturday's game: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe.

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