Georgia kicker Morgan may face suspension

Remember Steve Spurrier's crack last year about preferring to face Georgia early in the season because you could usually count on a few of the Bulldogs' key players being suspended?

Well, it looks like the Bulldogs could be without another key player to start the 2013 season.

Place-kicker Marshall Morgan was arrested this past weekend and charged with boating under the influence (BUI) on Lake Sinclair. UGA athletic department policy calls for an automatic suspension from competition for all alcohol-related arrests. A DUI arrest mandates a suspension from 20 percent of competition dates, according to UGA’s student-athlete handbook. But it’s unclear if a BUI will be meted out the same way. Georgia opens the season at Clemson on Aug. 31 and then faces South Carolina the next week in Athens.

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity told Chip Towers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that “BUI” is not addressed in the student-athlete handbook and he is not sure what guidelines might apply. McGarity said the case would be reviewed by the “comprehensive action committee,” a panel of senior administrators, which would make a disciplinary recommendation to McGarity and coach Mark Richt. Morgan is the Bulldogs' only scholarship place-kicker.

Georgia was already going to be without starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons in the opener against Clemson following Harvey-Clemons' role in a marijuana-related incident that occurred in a dormitory this spring.