Having interviewed many players prior to the NFL draft each year, I occasionally get asked: who was the most intelligent player you ever spoke to, who was the most polite, and who could you tell had his answers rehearsed or who was the most entertaining. Well, the answer to the most entertaining has changed; the new answer is Marshall Morgan. Marshall has the perfect kicker mentality and yet sees the big picture on things while never losing the importance of the moment. Marshall comes across as the kind of guy everyone would want to be friends with in college because he is so entertaining. Currently ranked either as the number two or three kicker coming out this draft season, his future is definitely playing on Sundays, but after his career something tells me the SEC network or SNL might come calling.
FD: What is your official height, weight and forty?
MM: 6-3 ½ 207 pounds and I run a 4.7 forty.
FD: You are bigger than the textbook kicker; did you play other positions in high school too?
MM: Actually in high school I was purely a kicker. In middle school I did play some defensive end.
FD: How did you come to choose the University of Georgia?
MM: I had already had visits with Florida, Florida State, TCU and Virginia Tech. When I went to Georgia it was totally different, just felt like a place where I wanted to continue my education and play football. The coaching staff was really honest with what I could expect regarding my playing time early in my career.
FD: Do you have much experience kicking in cold weather? What’s the coldest weather you kicked in?
MM: The Auburn game, the temps were in the high 30s and against Kentucky the game was in the lows 30s. I don’t think kicking in cold weather would ever be an issue as long as I dress properly.
FD: Your high school coach was former NFL player, Jeff Dellenbach, what insight was he able to share about the game at the next level to you?
MM: I haven’t spoken to him in a few years, but everything we did was NFL or pro style. We prepared, game planned and just ran as a team following what he learned in the NFL.
FD: What was your favorite road stadium to kick at?
MM: I liked Neyland Stadium a lot. I once hit a 57 yarder there.
FD: Defeating Penn State in the bowl game was a nice cap to the end of your career at Georgia. What was the one thing about that bowl game that surprised you?
MM: It was great to erase the fact of the last time we played Penn State; the University of Georgia lost a National Championship game to them. Had to answer that question a lot, and now if someone says, “when was the last time Georgia played Penn State” the answer will be “Georgia beat them in the Taxslayer Bowl game.”
FD: Growing up who were your favorite NFL player and team?
MM: Really loved watching someone like AJ Green play in both college and the pros. As for favorite team I’d say Miami Dolphins.
FD: Did you play other sports in high school?
MM: Not really sports like basketball or baseball, but did participate in track some doing the high jump and hurdles.
FD: Who was your role model growing up?
MM: As someone I looked up to I would say a guy like Peyton Manning is someone I tried to emulate.
FD: After football is over where do you see yourself? Could you be the next sideline special teams reporter how CBS had Jay Feely?
MM: That could happen. I love the game so doing something like that would be cool and a great way to stick around the sport.
FD: What’s the one kick that you are most proud of?
MM: A 55 yarder against LSU, who was ranked 7th in the country at that time.
Follow Marshall on twitter @MarshallM13 as he gets ready for the April NFL Draft.
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