Each day this week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution takes a quick look at a matchup in the SEC Championship game. Today: special teams.
Georgia special teams
Key stat: Freshman kicker Marshall Morgan has made eight of 12 field goals and 54 of 58 extra points. Georgia has attempted fewer field goals than any other SEC team and fewer than in any other season under coach Mark Richt.
Season high point: Richard Samuel’s stop of a Missouri fake-punt play was pivotal in that early-season win.
Season low point: Georgia gave up a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown in the loss to South Carolina.
Name to know: Punting figures to be at a premium in what projects as a defensive struggle Saturday. Freshman Collin Barber averages 41.2 yards per punt.
Alabama special teams
Key stat: Senior Jeremy Shelley is the only major college kicker in the country who hasn’t missed a field goal or an extra point this season. He is 10-for-10 on field goals and 60-for-60 on extra points. His longest field-goal attempt was 38 yards. Alabama uses Cade Foster on attempts from 40-plus yards; Foster is 4-for-8.
Season high point: Christion Jones returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown against Ole Miss.
Season low point: Foster missed two field goals (from 44 and 45 yards) against Tennessee.
Name to know: Cody Mandell averages 44.1 yards per punt.
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