Although nothing came his way during last Saturday's scrimmage, Arkansas' sophomore-to-be wide receiver Drew Morgan certainly had a loud first scrimmage.
Morgan (6-0, 193), who chose Arkansas over Auburn, caught a scrimmage-high 5 passes for 109 yards in that workout and has earned praise throughout spring drills from his coaches and quarterbacks.
The former Greenwood standout moved into the X-receiver spot from his normal slot position with Demetrius Wilson and others sitting out the scrimmages.
"I'm not complaining," Morgan said. "The more reps I get, the happier I am. So I mean, it's a win-win situation for everybody. All the younger guys start to get more reps, which gets good experience for the whole team."
He was highly productive on both sides of the ball his senior season at Greenwood with 83 receptions for 1,122 yards and 14 touchdowns, 82 rushes for 764 yards and 19 touchdowns and 73 tackles, 20.5 for loss with 2.5 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two pass breakups.
Morgan, named the Landers Award winner as the best high school player in Arkansas in 2012, played in 10 of the Razorbacks' 12 games last season although he didn't record any catches or any kick return yardage.
He noted that he didn't get down at being out on the field and not seeing footballs come his way.
"I'm a team player and if the balls doesn't come my way they don't come my way," Morgan said. "It normally means I'm getting somebody else open. Whatever it takes to win."
That being said, Morgan appears to be in a spot now where he will see plenty of action and should number a plethora of receptions this season.
"I definitely feel like I'm in the role this year," Morgan said about his spot in the rotation. "A lot of learning points last year. I think we got off on the right start with quarterbacks and receivers, really caught the ball well, really made a big improvement. Not only from last year, but the off-season and stuff."
Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith is happy with what he is seeing out of Morgan so far through spring drills – both in his own play and how he is helping out newcomers Cody Hollister and Jared Cornelius, who are going through spring practice with the Razorbacks for the first time.
"What I think I appreciate more about Drew is just his approach this year," Smith said. "He was just a green freshman that wanted to get on the field and play and I think he got to observe that it's different playing in the SEC than playing high school ball. But he's welcomed in both Cody and Jared with open arms and has been really vocal with helping those guys out. He's an Arkansas guy through and through."
Morgan is part of a receiving corp that should be better with the return of Wilson from injury and the additions of Hollister, Cornelius and incoming freshman Jo Jo Robinson and Kendrick Edwards.
"We have improvements to make and we are nowhere near where we need to be," Morgan said. "We are nowhere near satisfied."
Morgan's Time To Shine
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