Georgia's returning starting placekicker, rising sophomore Marshall Morgan, was arrested June 29 and charged with boating under the influence at Lake Sinclair by rangers from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
DNR Ranger Cpl. Lynn Stanford told the Eatonton Messenger that the arrest came as part of the department’s Operation Dry Water initiative, held every year in conjunction with the Fourth of July holiday.
This year, the iniative includes air-to-lake surveillance to identify suspect boats.
Stanford said Morgan was cooperative during the arrest.
“He admitted to drinking, and I administered a field sobriety test. He refused the state test,” Stanford said.
Under new BUI laws, which took effect May 15, boaters under the age of 21 may only register a .02 blood-alcohol content — as opposed to the .08 limit for persons over 21 — to be in violation.
Morgan was charged with operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol and towing a skier without an observer onboard.
When reached for comment early Tuesday morning by email, University of Georgia Sports Information Director Claude Felton told the Messenger 'Coach (Mark) Richt is aware of the situation.”
ESPN speculated that Morgan could be suspended for up to two games. Georgia's student-athlete handbook calls for a competition suspension of at least 20 percent of the season for a first DUI arrest.
Morgan, from Coral Springs, Fla., appeared in all 14 games for the Bulldogs last season as a true freshman, making eight of 14 field goal attempts and 63 of 67 extra-points.
He is the Bulldogs' only scholarship kicker.