Georgia's special teams are counting on that improvement. Sophomore place-kicker Marshall Morgan was signed last year out of American Heritage High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., as the No. 7 kicker in the nation, according to Scout.com. His first year, though, did not live up to the projections.
Morgan missed six of his 14 field goal attempts and four extra points, though he still hit a school-record 63 PATs. The mitigating factor in those numbers is that five of his misses came from 40 yards or more. He connected on a career-long 52-yard against Missouri, but hit only 1-of-4 from between 40 and 49 yards.
Sophomore punter Collin Barber had a similar pedigree, ranked a top 10 high school player at his position and expected to take over for Drew Butler. He did that, although the results weren't great. Barber finished his first season at Georgia tied for 10th in the SEC in punting with a 41.5-yard average.
The inconsistency of his kickers was enough to have head coach Mark Richt consult special teams consult and former NFL special teams coach Mike Stock looking for ways to help his kickers.
"There's two things I want to do to help these guys," Richt said. "One is to have a real consistent routine that they can go to on a daily basis and make sure we video them and all that. Make sure we sit down with those guys and watch what they're doing and let them see any kind of flaw that they may have. The other thing, I'm still searching for the right person to go see, but I want to learn the technique for these guys so I can help them if they go astray."