ATHENS -- Georgia coach Mark Richt used his weekly radio show to (sort of) come clean about the Bulldogs' place-kicking situation for Saturday's South Carolina game.
A caller phoning into "The Mark Richt Show" Monday night asked Richt if fans would be seeing more of Patrick Beless, the walk-on kicker who filled in for suspended starter Marshall Morgan against Clemson this past Saturday.
"We probably will because Marshall will not be kicking again for us (this) week," Richt said. "That's a news flash for the show. How about that?"
Morgan, a sophomore from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was arrested in late June for boating under the influence and pleaded guilty to that and one other misdemeanor boating charge last month. Oddly, neither Richt nor anybody from UGA has ever admitted that Morgan is under disciplinary suspension. The school's student-athlete handbook calls for a suspension from 20 percent suspension of competition dates -- or two games in football -- for driving under the influence. But BUI is not specified.
Beless, a sophomore walkon out of Atlanta's Marist School, handled place-kicking duties in the 38-35 loss to Clemson this past Saturday. He was 5-for-5 on extra points but never got to make an attempt on his only field-goal opportunity. Holder Adam Erickson could not handle the high snap from Nathan Theus and fell on the ball on the 10-yard-line on what would have been a 20-yard attempt in the fourth quarter of the three-point loss.
Richt said Beless edged out Erickson in a competition that continued into the last week of preseason practice.
"Actually it was a little bit of kicking contest between Adam and Beless and Beless won it out," Richt said. "It was a very close competition."
Morgan was 8-of-14 on field goal attempts and 63-of-67 on point-after tries as a freshman last season.