Stanley Morgan

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Stanley Morgan
No. 86
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-02-17) February 17, 1955 (age 62)
Place of birth: Easley, South Carolina
Career information
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 557
Receiving yards: 10,716
Touchdowns: 72
Player stats at NFL.com

Stanley Douglas Morgan (born February 17, 1955) is a former NFL wide receiver who played for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.[1]

Early career[edit]

Morgan played high school football at Easley High School in Easley, South Carolina. In 1972, his team won a state championship.

Morgan went on to play college football for the University of Tennessee, where he was an outstanding multi-position player, appearing in all 46 Volunteers games in his four-year career. As a freshman in 1973, he was used primarily as a wide receiver with 22 receptions for 522 yards and 4 TDs. In his breakthrough sophomore season, he had 128 rushes for 723 yards and 11 TDs, 10 catches for 234 and 2 TDs, and 29 punt returns including 1 TD, for an SEC-leading 84 points.[2] He made the All-SEC team in 1974 as a wide receiver (UPI) and a running back (AP2).[3] His 1,587 all-purpose yards that year remained a school record until 1987.[4] His junior year, Morgan was used as a running back (133 carries for 809 yards and 8 TDs) and also a kick returner. In a game against Maryland he scored 3 TDs, including a 50-yard run and 70 yard punt return. He also became the first Volunteer to rush for 200 yards in a game with 201 against Hawaii.[5] His senior year, he balanced his time more, finishing second on the team in both rushing (90 carries for 388 yards and 9 TDS to Bobby Emmons' 462) and receiving (14 catches for 317 yards and 2 TDs to Larry Seivers 737). He had 201 yards receiving against TCU, the second most at the time. His 11 TDs that season placed Morgan second in the SEC to LSU's Terry Robiskie, and earned him 1976 All-SEC honors as a running back (AP) and receiver (UPI).

Tennessee Volunteers career statistics[6]
Rushing Receiving Kickoff Returns Punt Returns[2] Total
Year G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Ret Yds TD Ret Yds TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1973 11 2 32 16.0 0 22 511 23.2 4 14 309 0 0 0 0 38 852 22.4 4
1974 12 128 723 5.6 11 10 234 23.4 2 - 255 0 29 375 1 - 1587 - 14
1975 12 133 809 6.1 8 2 13 6.5 0 - 63 0 20 284 2 - 1169 - 10
1976 11 90 388 4.3 9 14 317 22.6 2 6 136 0 25 193 0 135 1034 7.7 11
Career 46 353 1952 5.5 28 48 1075 22.4 8 37 763 0 74 852 3 512 4642 9.1 39

He holds the all-purpose yards record for the University of Tennessee, which stands at 4,642, and led Tennessee in that category all four seasons. He shares the modern record for career touchdowns with 39,[2][7] his 28 rushing touchdowns is third all-time,[8] and his 1,615 combined return yards is 5th. Morgan was inducted into the University of Tennessee Hall of Fame in 2000.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Morgan was selected out of the University of Tennessee in the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft (25th overall). Despite being used primarily as a running back after his freshman year, Morgan's exceptional speed helped him transition back to wide receiver. He averaged over 20 yards per reception his first six seasons, with a career high and franchise-record 24.1 yards per reception in 1978. He led the NFL in yards per reception in 1979, 1980 and 1981, and ended his career with the three best seasons in that category for a patriots receiver (and six of the top 12).[9] He also led the league in receiving touchdowns in 1979 with a franchise-record 12.[10] In a 1978 game against the Baltimore Colts, Morgan had five receptions for a franchise-record 170 yards; he broke his own record in 1981 against the Miami Dolphins with five receptions for 182 yards, a mark that stood for 17 years.

Stanley topped 1,000 receiving yards a franchise-record three times (1979, 1981 & 1986). His best season as a Patriot was 1986 when he caught 84 passes for a then-franchise-record 1,491 yards[11] and 10 touchdowns, leading the Patriots to the AFC East Title. Morgan appeared in four Pro Bowls (1979, 1980, 1986 & 1987) and was selected 2nd Team All-Pro in 1980 & 1986. Morgan was a member of the 1985 AFC Champion New England Patriots, and caught six passes for 51 yards in Super Bowl XX. After 13 seasons with New England, he was traded to Indianapolis where he played just one season. At the time, he held the franchise record in every receiving category with 534 catches[12] for 10,352 yards (still the franchise record) and 67 TDs.[13] He also has the franchise record with 38 games with 100+ receiving yards, 10,479 yards from scrimmage, and is second to Kevin Faulk with 11,471 all-purpose yards. He finished his career with 557 receptions for 10,716 yards (19.2 yards per catch) and 72 touchdowns (solidly in the all-time NFL top 100 in all four categories), along with 127 rushing yards and 989 combined return yards.

NFL career statistics[14]
Receiving Rushing Punt Returns Kickoff Returns
Year Team G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Ret Yds TD Ret Yds All-Purpose Yards
1977 New England Patriots 14 21 443 21.1 3 1 10 0 16 220 0 673
1978 New England Patriots 16 34 820 24.1 5 2 11 0 32 335 0 1 17 0 1183
1979 New England Patriots 16 44 1002 22.8 12 7 39 0 29 289 1 1 12 0 1342
1980 New England Patriots 16 45 991 22.0 6 4 36 0 1027
1981 New England Patriots 13 44 1029 23.4 6 2 21 0 15 116 0 1166
1982 New England Patriots 9 28 584 20.9 3 2 3 0 587
1983 New England Patriots 16 58 863 14.9 2 1 13 0 876
1984 New England Patriots 13 38 709 18.7 5 709
1985 New England Patriots 15 39 760 19.5 5 1 0 0 760
1986 New England Patriots 16 84 1491 17.8 10 1491
1987 New England Patriots 10 40 672 16.8 3 672
1988 New England Patriots 16 31 502 16.2 4 1 -6 0 496
1989 New England Patriots 10 28 486 17.4 3 486
1990 Indianapolis Colts 16 23 364 15.8 5 364
Career 196 557 10716 19.2 72 21 127 0 92 960 1 2 29 0 11832

Morgan was inducted into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame on August 27, 2007.

Coaching career[edit]

Morgan was wide receivers coach for the XFL's Memphis Maniax.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stanley Morgan". nfl.com. Retrieved 2015-12-26. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Tennessee Volunteers Football Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "All-SEC squad". The Tuscaloosa News. December 3, 1974. p. 15. Retrieved June 5, 2015 – via Google news archive.  open access publication – free to read NOTE: There is disagreement between the Vols Media Guide and this reference as to the position for which Morgan earned this honor.
  4. ^ Currently 8th all-time.
  5. ^ It has been done 17 times since, see Media Guide.
  6. ^ "Stanley Morgan College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  7. ^ The record is shared with James Stewart (1991-94). The all-time record is 44 by Gene McEver (1928-31).
  8. ^ Again, to James Stewart and Gene McEver.
  9. ^ See list at [1].
  10. ^ Since eclipsed twice by Randy Moss, in 2007 and 2009.
  11. ^ since eclipsed by Randy Moss in 2007.
  12. ^ Now third to Wes Welker and Troy Brown
  13. ^ Now second to Rob Gronkowski.
  14. ^ "Stanley Morgan Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "MEMPHIS SPORTS SCENE". memphisflyer.com. November 9, 2001. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Football Operations". all-xfl.com. Retrieved October 15, 2014.