Morgan charged with BUI

Georgia sophomore place-kicker Marshall Morgan was arrested Saturday on two charges, including operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol, the Putnam County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office has confirmed.

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Morgan, 19, was also charged with towing a skier without an observer present.

The arrest was made by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at Lake Sinclair. Morgan made $1,724 bond less than two hours after being booked at 8:39 p.m. Saturday, according to Putnam County officials.

Lynn Stanford, the arresting officer, gave an account of the arrest to The Eatonton (Ga.) Messenger.

Stanford told the newspaper that he responded to a spotter's call of a watercraft towing two inner tubes without a spotter, and upon arrival "The driver of the boat appeared to be under the influence."

(A Georgia DNR official told the Athens Banner-Herald that the watercraft Morgan was driving was a Jet Ski).

Morgan admitted to drinking and underwent a field sobriety test before refusing the state test, according to 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.

Coach Mark Richt has yet to issue a statement about Morgan's arrest or announced punishment.

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.

Sophomore Patrick Beless, a walk-on from Marist (Ga.) High School, was listed as on the post-spring depth chart as Georgia's No. 2 place-kicker behind Morgan. Freshman Thomas Pritchard of Jefferson County (Ga.) High School was third.

Pritchard kicked a 35-yard field goal during April's G-Day Game, while Beless made an attempt from 23 yards.

Backup punter and holder Adam Erickson and starting punter Collin Barber each have kicking experience as well. Erickson made a 47-yard field goal during the 2012 spring game.

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