Does boating under the influence carry the same penalty as driving under the influence at Georgia? We’re about to find out. UGA kicker Marshall Morgan was arrested over the weekend on boating under the influence charges. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rangers made the arrest on Lake Sinclair. The arresting officer told the Eatonton Messenger that Morgan “admitted to drinking, and I administered a field sobriety test. He refused the state test.” As the paper points out, under new Georgia BUI laws, 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.
As pointed out here, the UGA policy toward DUI arrests mandates a two-game suspension. Should the same rules apply to boating, the Bulldogs could be without Morgan for a couple of games this fall. Georgia opens the season against Clemson and South Carolina. A Georgia spokesman says “Coach (Mark) Richt is aware” of Morgan’s situation.
Last year as a true freshman, Morgan appeared in all 14 games, , making 8 of 14 field goals and 63 of 67 extra-points.