It’s good to know that the short kickoff hasn’t been a calculated play in Georgia’s arsenal.
It’s not really a matter of strategy: Morgan said the goal nearly every time is to get a touchback, it’s just easier said than done.
“That’s obviously the goal,” Morgan said, his voice cracking into a laugh. But he did add: “I’m definitely gonna try to focus more on distance.”
Head coach Mark Richt was also asked about kickoffs on his Monday night call-in show. Richt reiterated that the goal was to get touchbacks, but also cited reasons it wasn’t automatic, whether it be foot strength or wind. Richt also added that punter Collin Barber, who handled kickoffs the first two weeks, would be ready if he was needed – implying that Morgan’s kickoffs better get through the end zone more consistently.
Short leash, Coach. As Emerson points out, Odell Beckham doesn’t exactly suck at returning kicks.