Cole Morgan eyes options in wake of WWU's end

COLE MORGAN'S three-plus years at Washington State are shaping up as a huge boost to his quest to find a new school now that Western Washington, where he spent this past season as a fourth-year junior, has discontinued its football program. Morgan told CF.C today that he already has talked with numerous schools -- ranging from Division II to Division I -- about next season.

"One of the coaches I talked with asked me about my time at WSU -- he figured I was there for one year as a walk on," Morgan said Friday, one day after it was announced that WWU was doing away with its football program.

"When I told him I was a scholarship player for nearly four years he said, ‘Oh my God. You've worked with (Mike) Levenseller and (Timm) Rosenbach -- we've gotta have you'."

Morgan didn't want to identify the schools he's talked with so far but said it runs the gamut. He is free to transfer anywhere with no eligibility problems.

The interest he's receiving so far "is a surprise for a guy with no game film," he said. Morgan took but a handful of game snaps in his time at WSU and threw only six passes (completing four) as the No. 2 QB at Western this past season behind senior Perry Adam.

"I've got one year to play and I'm going to play," Morgan said.

Asked if he'd thought about a return to WSU, Morgan chuckled and said, "They don't need me. Marsh (Marshall Lobbestael) will save the Cougs. He's determined and he'll be back next season (despite a knee injury that ruined his 2008)."

Morgan said he's networking to find the best opportunity for himself. He's talked with Rosenbach (now the offensive coordinator at New Mexico State) and former Cougar quarterback Jason Gesser to leverage their insights and connections. He's talked with his old coach at Ballard High, his offensive coordinator at WWU and he has a call in to legendary Jack Thompson.

Like everyone associated with the team, Morgan was shocked that Western decided to do away with its 98-year-old football program.

He learned of the move via an early morning phone call from a teammate who had received an email, by accident, from someone in the know. Morgan then called the football office and spoke with an assistant who said he didn't know if it was true but that he was being called into a meeting.

Shortly thereafter, Morgan's dad called after hearing the news on the radio in Seattle.

"This is uncharted territory. I don't know anyone who's ever been in this situation. I'm not sure how quickly I need to make a decision or how much time I have to go see schools," Morgan said.

But with enough credits under his belt to secure his diploma, he said, he's laser focused on making his one final year on the gridiron count.

Morgan was part of WSU's 2004 recruiting class but grayshirted that season and then redshirted in 2005. He was a deep back up in 2006 and 2007 and then transferred to WWU when he came out of WSU's spring 2008 workouts as the No. 4 QB behind Gary Rogers, Kevin Lopina and Lobbestael.

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