Desmond Morgan

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Desmond Morgan
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Graduate Assistant
Team Wayne State
Biographical details
Born (1992-09-09) September 9, 1992 (age 24)
Holland, Michigan
Alma mater University of Michigan
Playing career
2011-2015 Michigan
Position(s) Linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2016- Wayne State (GA)
Accomplishments and honors

Desmond Morgan (born September 9, 1992) is an American football linebacker. He played college football for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 2011 to 2015. He was a 2011 and Big Ten All-Freshman selection as well as a 2011 College Football News All-Freshman honorable mention for the 2011 team.

High school career[edit]

In high school, he was rated as the 24th and 42nd best high school football inside or middle linebacker in the national class of 2011 by ESPN and, respectively.[1][2] rated him as the 25th best football player in the state of Michigan.[3] Morgan also played quarterback in high school.[4] Morgan was a Michigan Wolverines fan growing up,[5] and he committed to Michigan in early February 2011.[6][7]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Desmond Morgan
Holland, Michigan West Ottawa (MI) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.675 Dec 23, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 42 (MLB)   Rivals: 25 (MI)  ESPN: 24 (ILB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit]

2011 season[edit]

Morgan tweaked his hamstring at the end of training camp, which limited him early in the season.[8][9] Morgan is credited with starting the second game against Notre Dame on September 10,[4] however, he struggled with his hamstring in the rivalry game.[10] Brandon Hawthorne started the next five games. After seven games and a bye week, Morgan replaced Hawthorne as the starting weak-side linebacker based on superior performance.[11] In announcing Morgan's promotion to the starting lineup, head coach Brady Hoke said, "Desmond's got a great future. He's doing a lot of good things. We're excited about him."[12] In his second career start on October 29, 2011 against Purdue, he had a team-high nine tackles.[8][13] Morgan established career highs with 10 tackles in both of the final two games of the season: he posted 5 solo (including his only quarterback sack of the season) and five assists on November 26 in The Game against Ohio State and then he had seven solo tackles and three assists in the January 3, 2012 Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech.[14] For the season, he earned 2011 Big Ten All-Freshman team recognition from both and as well as 2011 College Football News All-Freshman honorable mention honors.[15][16][17]

2012 season[edit]

Morgan missed the September 15, 2012 game against Massachusetts due to injury.[18]

On October 13, 2012, Michigan designated Gerald R. Ford's former jersey, No. 48, as a Michigan Football Legend Jersey. Morgan was honored as the first recipient of the Ford legend jersey, switching from the No. 44 jersey to No. 48.[19][20] He earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition in 2012.[21]

2013 season[edit]

In week 3, against Akron during a third down and 1 goal line stand, Morgan made a key tackle for a loss in the final 20 seconds to preserve the 28–24 win.[22][23] In the fourth quarter of the fourth game against Connecticut on September 21, Morgan made a one-handed interception to preserve a 24–21 victory.[24][25] Morgan was named Athlon Sports Big Ten Defensive player of the week.[26]

2014 season[edit]

He only appeared in the season opener for the 2014 Michigan Wolverines football team against Appalachian State before injuring his hand and missing the rest of the season.[27]

2015 season[edit]

Morgan was granted a fifth year of eligibility after the NCAA approved his medical hardship waiver.[28] Through the first nine game of the 2015 season, Morgan was Michigan's leading tackler with 57 total tackles.[29] Following the 2015 Big Ten Conference football season, he was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection.[30][31] He won the 2015 Roger Zatkoff Award as the team's top linebacker.

Professional career[edit]

Morgan went undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft.[32]


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  2. ^ "#48 Desmond Morgan". Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Desmond Morgan". Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Desmond Morgan 44". CBS Interactive. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ Greer, Cris (December 17, 2010). "West Ottawa linebacker Desmond Morgan commits to Michigan". Grand Rapids Press. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jon Schultz (February 2, 2011). "Desmond Morgan's signing with U-M football adds to growing legacy for Holland area". The Holland Sentinel. 
  7. ^ Jeff Chaney (February 1, 2011). "Blizzard won't keep West Ottawa's Desmond Morgan from sending letter of intent to Michigan". The Grand Rapids Press. 
  8. ^ a b Rohan, Tim (October 31, 2011). "Notebook: Hoke likes the way Ryan and Morgan play linebacker". Michigan Daily. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ Cunningham, Pete (October 31, 2011). "Brady Hoke on Iowa, road games and more from his weekly press conference". Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ Meinke, Kyle (September 16, 2011). "Breaking down how Michigan's position groups are trending, including the big winner: Linebackers". Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ Meinke, Kyle (October 28, 2011). "Michigan's Desmond Morgan to start at linebacker, becoming 5th freshmen to earn pronounced role on defense". Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  12. ^ Alan Babbitt (October 29, 2011). "Desmond Morgan to make second start for Michigan football team vs. Purdue". The Holland Sentinel. 
  13. ^ Alan Babbitt (October 30, 2011). "Brady Hoke calls Michigan football's Desmond Morgan 'very instinctive football player'". The Holland Sentinel. 
  14. ^ "Team: Michigan: Year: 2011 Thru 12/31/11: Player: Desmond Morgan". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  15. ^ Rittenberg, Adam and Brian Bennett (December 13, 2011). "'s Big Ten All-Freshman team". ESPN. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  16. ^ Dienhart, Tom (December 12, 2011). "’s 2011 Big Ten All-Freshman Team". Big Ten Network. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  17. ^ Cirminiello, Richard (December 9, 2011). "2011 CFN All-Freshman Defensive Team". College Football News. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  18. ^ Meinke, Kyle (September 15, 2012). "Michigan down 5 starters with Desmond Morgan (head) Stephen Hopkins (hamstring) out against UMass". Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Ford Named Michigan Football Legend; Morgan to Wear No. 48 Jersey". CBS Interactive. October 13, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  20. ^ "LB wears Gerald Ford's number". October 13, 2012. 
  21. ^ "2012 Fall Academic All-Big Ten" (PDF). CBS Interactive. December 6, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  22. ^ Rutter, Eric (September 24, 2013). "Michigan Zaps Zips". Michigan Times. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Akron 24 (1-2, 0-2 away); (11) Michigan 28 (3-0, 3-0 home)". ESPN. September 14, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Michigan Hangs On After Scare, Again". The New York Times. September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  25. ^ Vukelich, Liz (September 21, 2013). "Notebook: Desmond Morgan, defense bail out stagnant offense". Michigan Daily. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  26. ^ University of Michigan (September 23, 2013). "@umichfootball status update". Twitter. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  27. ^ Baumgardner, Nick (October 27, 2014). "Michigan's Desmond Morgan done for the year, Jabrill Peppers' status uncertain". Retrieved November 12, 2015. 
  28. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (February 10, 2015). "Desmond Morgan granted fifth year". Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  29. ^ "2015 Michigan Football Statistics (9-game Totals)". University of Michigan. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Lewis, Peppers Lead Big Ten Defensive Yearly Honors". CBS Interactive. November 30, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Defense and Special Teams Awards: Eight students receive individual honors, including inaugural Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year". CBS Interactive. November 30, 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  32. ^ Sang, Orion (April 30, 2016). "Undrafted Wolverines sign with NFL teams". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 

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