Missouri Week: Tuesday Practice Report

ATHENS - Georgia conducted a two-hour practice in full pads on Tuesday afternoon.

Georgia is getting ready for its fourth game against a top-25 opponent in six outings this season. The No. 7-ranked Bulldogs (4-1, 3-0 SEC) will host No. 25 Missouri (5-0, 1-0 SEC) on Saturday at noon.

The team worked out under overcast skies with temperatures dipping from the low-70s to the mid-60s by the session's end.

Georgia's assistant coaches met with the media following the practice.

John Lilly, who works with the Bulldogs' kickers in addition to coaching tight ends, talked about the success of placekicker Marshall Morgan. Morgan connected on a career-long 56-yard field goal to open the scoring at Tennessee last Saturday and then ended the contest with a 42-yard game-winner in overtime. He was tabbed as the SEC's Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.

"I think the biggest thing with Marshall is that he took the challenge in the offseason to really develop his skill and prepare himself for this year," Lilly said. "You can't underestimate how hard it is when you're a true freshman and you walk into a situation like here with the lineage of great specialists, and in particular the placekickers that we've had. On top of that, he's following someone like Blair (Walsh), who's as good as there is at the next level. Everything you do is going to be magnified.

"Marshall worked extremely hard in the offseason," Lilly continued. "Mentally, he's locked in. The other day, to be able to hit the long field goal early gives you confidence when you get the ball across midfield, you have a great chance for points. Then, he obviously went out there and drilled the game winner, but you lose sight of the four touchbacks he had kicking off. I'm very proud of the way he's approached this season and the way he's performing."

Georgia head coach Mark Richt, who took part in the Bulldogs' game week press conference earlier on Tuesday, is impressed with the Tigers.

"Missouri is a very, very hot team," Richt said. "They just moved into the top-25 for good reason. They are 5-0 and 1-0 in league play and were very dominating against Vanderbilt last week. It was kind of scary actually to watch the tape of it. They were so proficient on offense.

"They are a team that looks very confident and should be," Richt continued. "They are very well-coached, and they are looking to win the East just like we are. We are both undefeated in league play. It's a huge game, and we're looking forward to the challenge of it."

Richt also talked about the atmosphere at Sanford Stadium as a key ingredient for the Bulldogs' success.

"We only have three more shots this year playing at home," he said. "I know our fans are looking forward to it, and our players are, too. We are looking forward to a great crowd. It's a noon kickoff, and historically those have been a little slow starting as far as getting people in the stands. Even the Dawg Walk sometimes is a little bit different from a 3:30 game or a night game. I know the Bulldog Nation will rally and be there early and be a difference maker for us because we need the help. I'm thankful for our fans and what they've done to this point, and we're looking forward to another great atmosphere at home."

Kickoff for Saturday's game has been set for 12:01 p.m. ET and the contest will be televised nationally on ESPN.

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