"He's A Freak Of Nature"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Maurice Morgan is experimenting at tight end where he could be a matchup problem for defenses.

When Maurice Morgan inked with NC State in 2011 he was considered one of the top prep athletes in the state of North Carolina.

Morgan, who ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the Shrine Bowl combine prior to his senior season, played a variety of positions for North Lenior High School. He enrolled at NC State looking to impact at wideout, and after redshirting in 2011 he didn't catch a pass last season but played in 13 games, mainly on special teams.

However, he worked hard in the weight room and contributed on special teams, where at 6-foot-2 and nearly 235 pounds he has the strength and athleticism to impact.

Now that NC State has added depth at the wide receiver position, the Wolfpack coaches are experimenting with Morgan at tight end, where he could be a matchup problem for opposing defenses.

"[Maurice Morgan will] be doing a lot of things in and out from the slot and the wing," said Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren. "He's a 240-pound receiver who I think is a matchup problem for some guys if we can get him locked in. I know coach [Faulkner] is excited about what he can do for us as well."

"I'm working hard," said Morgan. "I'm trying to feel my way into the position right now. You always try to get the better of your opponent and I think it's a good way we can get the better of our opponent because I do think I could create some trouble there.

"I think the coaches are trying to get our best players, our best athletes, all on the field at the same time."

Morgan admits that the approach is much different that at wide receiver.

"The blocking is a big thing," he stated. "Plus, you have to be much more physical. I feel like I'm coming along there."

With his size and athleticism he could form a strong receiving duo for State at tight end with senior Asa Watson. He's already impressed one of his teammates with his play so far.

"He doesn't have to compete with the receiving group that we have where there are like eight or nine guys in the rotation," said senior quarterback Brandon Mitchell. "He'll get more balls at tight end, with him, Asa, and Benson... just trying to make plays.

"I think he's going to add a lot. We put in two new packages since he moved there. He's a freak of nature. He's like 235 and runs a 4.4... he's super strong, he squats like 550 pounds or something like that. It's crazy.

"He's not afraid to go across the middle and make the tough catches. He's going to help us a lot by making big plays and [moving] the chains."

Morgan will also continue to impact on special teams, something he looks forward to.

"I think I'll be everywhere on special teams," he said, laughing. "I'll probably be on every unit."

Regardless of where he plays, Morgan is looking to help the Wolfpack exceed expectations this season.

"I feel like we're underdogs," he stated. "But, we aren't concerned with the hype. All we can do is keep working, keep practicing... let our playing do the talking."

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