Carlos Morgan Glad Marshall Stayed With Him

It's not easy to move a 6-foot, 235 pound middle linebacker when his eyes are set on the ball-carrier. Two years ago at Jackson High School in Locust Grove, Ga., opposing players found out the hard way, 224 times to be exact, that Carlos Morgan had a method of avoiding blocks and getting tackles.

A year of sitting out due to eligibility problems has now passed, and it's finally time for the sophomore to show what he can do on the field for the Thundering Herd.
"It just feels great to be out here," Morgan said. "I'm a little rusty right now, but I know as the days go on that my game will come back.

"It's been a long wait and I have been looking forward to this moment for a long time."

The extended wait came about because Morgan could not gain academic eligibility coming out of high school.
Many schools backed off at the fact, but the Marshall coaching staff could not overlook the amazing 168 solo tackles and 56 assists during his senior year that were enough to get Morgan on the Class AAA first-team All-State list.

"I got recruited by Marshall at the start," Morgan said after practice earlier this week. "And after I didn't get my scores, Marshall was the school that stuck with me.

"It's a good program here because they win championships."

Inside linebackers coach Mark Gale has been working with Morgan, introducing him to the system, and he recognizes what Gale wants out of his players.
"He will get on you when you deserve it," Morgan said. "But when you need cake, he will give it to you. You've just got to go out and do it."

The middle linebacker position is filled with talent this year with Duran Smith, Kevin Atkins, J.T. Rembert, Dionte' Wilson and Damarcus Thomas; but all are fairly inexperienced at the college level, therefore, providing Morgan with a chance to prove himself.
"Hopefully I will get playing time," he said. "Whatever happens will be for the best of the team. The coaches make the decisions, and I just play."

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