Field goals aren't needed with Georgia's high-scoring attack

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ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia is getting its bushel of points from a variety of sources.

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Georgia freshman place-kicker Marshall Morgan has attempted only four goals in four games, making three.  FILE/MORRIS NEWS SERVICE
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Georgia freshman place-kicker Marshall Morgan has attempted only four goals in four games, making three.

They’re coming from tailback Todd Gurley, quarterback Aaron Murray and receivers Marlon Brown, Tavarres King and Michael Bennett.

What the Southeastern Conference’s highest-scoring team isn’t relying on much these days are Marshall Morgan field goals.

A season after leading the nation with 37 field-goal attempts, Georgia has four in four games.

“We’ve just made some plays when we got down there,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “I think it’s a little more comfort in the guys outside and our quarterback to call some more things and let them make plays. There’s a comfort level that they’re going to be smart when it’s not there.”

Georgia ranked 21st in the nation in field-goal attempts in 2010 and in the top 40 the three seasons before that, according to the Web site
cfbstats.com. Georgia is tied for 85th this season.

The Bulldogs had more field-goal attempts in games last season against Ole Miss (five), Vanderbilt (six) and Kentucky (five) alone as it has so far this season.

“The more (Morgan) and our punter can stay on the sideline, that’s the happiest coach Bobo and the rest of the offense will be,” Murray said.

“We want to keep those guys just chilling and hanging out.”

Morgan, a freshman from Coral Springs, Fla, hasn’t attempted a field goal since Sept. 8 in a 41-20 win against Missouri.

“Selfishly, of course, I want field goals,” Morgan said. “Looking at it from a team perspective, of course, it’s a good thing, The less I’m on the field unless it’s for extra points, it’s a good thing.”

While he’s had shaky moments on extra points, Morgan is 3 of 4 on field goal tries.

Georgia leads the SEC in scoring touchdowns (15 of 18) in the red zone at an 83.3 percent clip. Ten have come on runs.

“I think we’re doing a great job,” said freshman Keith Marshall, who has three touchdowns, including a pair of two-yard runs. “The offensive line is playing great. They’re pushing the pile out there and coach is calling the right plays.”

Said Richt: “I think we’ve just got more veteran receivers and QBs and backs that are breaking tackles. We’re just executing better right now.”

Billy Bennett still is tied for the NCAA record for field goal attempts in a season with 38 in 2003 and has 110 career field-goal attempts. Blair Walsh approached that number with 103 in his career.

Bennett holds NCAA records for field goals made in a season (31 in 2003) and in a career (2000-03) with 87. Bennet and Walsh rank first and fifth, respectively, on the SEC career list. Walsh booted 76 but had a subpar senior season.

Georgia is still trying to get Morgan on track on extra points.

He’s made 23 of 24, but three have gone in off the upright.

“He must have played pinball as a kid,” Richt said.

RADIO BOOTH NAMED FOR MUNSON

ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia home radio booth at Sanford Stadium will be named Saturday for the late Larry Munson, legendary voice of the Bulldogs for 42 years.

The “Larry Munson Broadcast Suite” will be officially recognized during pre-game activities at the Georgia-Tennessee game which kicks off at 3:39 p.m.

A plaque will be placed outside the suite that reads: “Dedicated to legendary Bulldog play-by-play announcer Larry Munson who served as the voice of the Bulldog Nation from 1966-2008. His dedication, loyalty, passion and extraordinary delivery over 42 years endeared him to Georgia fans in every city, state, and nation around the world, always urging the teams, and fans, to ‘hunker down you guys.’ ”

A collage of photos during Munson’s career will be displayed in the broadcast suite.

Munson, who died Nov. 20, 2011, wrapped up a lifetime of sports broadcasting in the fall of 2008, most of which was spent with the Bulldogs from 1966 to 2008.


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