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Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan named Lou Groza semifinalist


Oct 5, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt speaks with kicker Marshall Morgan (13) during overtime against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Morgan made the game winning field goal. Georgia won in overtime 34 to 31. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Just 2 days after the Georgia Bulldogs knocked off Florida with the help of a 3-for-3 effort from kicker Marshall Morgan, the sophomore was given a prestigious honor.

It’s been a bit of an odd year for Morgan, as he was famously suspended for an off-season incident, but he’s been absolutely lights-out for the Dawgs in earning the semifinalist nomination for the Lou Groza Award. Admittedly, it hasn’t been the season that most of Bulldog Nation envisioned, but Morgan has been one of the few constants, and his numbers (13 for 15 on field goals while perfect on extra point attempts) speak for themselves.

Coming into the year, kicker seemed like a potential weakness, but after 8 games, Morgan is drawing comparisons to guys like Kevin Butler and Blair Walsh, who represent the best kickers in program history. Fortunately, the sophomore will be around for a couple more years, so even if he falls short of winning the Groza Award (or even making the cut as a finalist), he’ll have two more shots at the crown.