So, since any news regarding University of Georgia football players getting into trouble travels faster than Tony Schumacher down a quarter-mile track, there aren’t likely too many who aren’t already aware that Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan’s first game fate is in question after his arrest for Boating Under the Influence (BUI) last month . While there has been no official word regarding punishment, most figure he’ll at least miss the Clemson game; that means the Bulldogs will need to find a replacement in a New York hurry and there begins the conversation of whom that will be?
Thomas Pritchard’s name has garnered a good deal of attention on the message boards because he actually has some experience kicking; he even made an appearance in this year’s G-Day Game. Beyond that, his high school resume is not half bad, in his final season at Jefferson County High School, he connected on 7/10 FG’s and 34/45 on PAT’s, but that won’t likely impress too many unless he can translate that into points at the Division-I level…and that’s a question there simply is no answer to at this time. However, here is some video of Pritchard in action, if you’re interested.
It’s important to remember that just because he doesn’t have a scholarship, that doesn’t mean he’s incapable of kicking the ball accurately through the uprights. Most teams don’t bother extending scholarships to place kickers unless they’re pretty darn exceptional, and even then it’s a numbers game; case in point, former Bulldog great Billy Bennett was a walk-on too and I think he turned out alright, don’t you?
The point there is you just never know.
That said, I must repeat again that no punishment has been handed down by the University of Georgia. As of now, all we know is that Morgan was arrested and charged; everything you see after that is speculation until we hear otherwise.
In the meantime, Georgia will have to hope they’ve got a diamond in the rough on their depth chart. And for those who are wondering, no, there is absolutely zero chance they remove Brice Ramsey’s redshirt to address this potential quandary. None whatsoever.