ATLANTA — Georgia sophomore kicker Marshall Morgan is facing a possible suspension following his arrest for boating under the influence.
According to Putnam County Sherriff’s Chief Deputy Russell Blenk, Morgan was arrested Saturday night on Lake Sinclair by a Georgia Department of Natural Resources officer. Morgan was charged with operating a watercraft under the influence and towing a skier without a life preserver on board.
Blenk says Morgan was released Saturday at 10:35 p.m. on $1,724 bond.
Morgan admitted to drinking and underwent a field sobriety test before refusing the state test, according to officer Lynn Stanford, who said the arrest was made per a breath test that indicated the presence of alcohol. Since he is underage, Morgan’s limit for BUI would be lower than someone 21 or older.
Georgia spokesman Claude Felton said Tuesday coach Mark Richt is aware of the situation.
UGA athletics policy mandates a suspension of 20 percent of the season (two games) for DUI arrests. The policy does not specifically addresses boating under the influence, but it’s possible the same standard could apply to Morgan’s availability for the Clemson and South Carolina games.
Morgan, from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., made 8 of 14 field goals as a freshman and is projected as the starting kicker in 2013.
Sophomore Patrick Beless, a walk-on from Marist (Ga.) High School, was listed as on the post-spring depth chart as the No. 2 place-kicker behind Morgan. Freshman Thomas Pritchard of Jefferson County (Ga.) High School was third.