Player Profile: Quincy Morgan

David Carducci talks to Quincy Morgan, and outlines the highlights of his football career.

Professional:

Morgan was selected by the Browns in the second round, 33rd overall, during the 2001 NFL Draft. He won a spot with the No. I offense during mini-camp, then held on to a starting job during training camp and the preseason - In his regular-season debut Sept. 9 vs. the Seahawks, Morgan caught three passes for 46 yards, including a 31 yard pass from Tim Couch to set up a game-tying field goal late in the fourth quarter - In the Browns, Sept. 23 win over the Lions, Morgan caught two passes for 38 yards, including his first NFL touchdown - a 34yard pass from Couch in the third quarter - Morgan caught two passes for 32 yards, both for key first downs, in the Browns' Sept. 30 win over the Jaguars - Helped the Browns extend their winning streak to three games, catching two passes for 26 yards in a win over the Chargers Oct. 7 - Turned in just one catch Oct. 21 vs. the Ravens, but that one grab was for a 36-yard, third quarter touchdown, giving the Browns a commanding 24-6 lead - Morgan's lone catch Nov. 4 vs. the Bears was also a big play - a 28-yard grab on

4th-and-1, setting up a third quarter touchdown that gave the Browns a 14-7 lead Recorded three catches for 28 yards Nov. 11 vs. the Steelers, and two catches for 15 yards the following week vs. the Ravens - Set a career high with five catches for 40 yards in the Browns, Nov. 25 victory over the Bengals - Made three catches for 43 yards in a Dec. 2 loss to the Titans, then did not make a catch the following week in a loss to the Patriots - Returned to the starting lineup for the first time in over a month in a Dec. 16 loss to the Jaguars, recording two receptions for two yards - Appeared to make a 3yard catch on fourth down with 48 seconds left in the game with Jaguars, that would have extended a potential game-winning drive. The catch was ruled incomplete in a controversial instant-replay decision by referee Terry McAulay

Personal:

Morgan was part of a long line of junior-college discoveries by Kansas State coach Bill Snyder - In two years as a starter at Kansas State, Morgan led or tied the team in receptions in 21 of 24 regular season games - He was one of only seven players in school history to catch over 100 passes and one of only four to

gain over 2,000 receiving yards in a career - The only player in Kansas State history to gain over 1,000 receiving yards twice in a career - In just two seasons with the Wildcats, Morgan managed to grab 106 passes for 2,173 yards and 23 touchdowns - Only Michael Smith and Kevin Lockett gained more receiving yards in their career at Kansas State His average of 20.5 yards per catch set a new school career record - His eight 100-yard performances are one shy of Smith's school record - His 23 touchdowns are topped only by Lockett's 26 in school history - Earned All-America First-Team honors from Football News, Second Team honors from the NFL Draft Report and Third-Team honors from the Sporting News after senior year - A unanimous All-Big Twelve Conference First Team selection as a senior, catching 64 passes for 1,166 yards and 14 touchdowns - Consensus All-Big-Twelve Selection as a junior when he made 42 receptions for 1,007 yards and 9 touchdowns - Red-shirted in 1998 - Enrolled at Kansas City Community College during the spring semester of 1998, running track in his first year before enrolling at Kansas State in the fall - Combined with former Patriots, quarterback and Kansas State teammate Michael Bishop to help them win the 1996 junior college national championship - Quincy makes his home in Garland, Texas.

Quincy Speaks:

When the Browns used an early second-round pick on Kansas State star Quincy Morgan, they thought they were getting a wide receiver with a combination of size and speed that had been missing on the Browns' roster. Browns coach Butch Davis said Morgan had all the tools to be "a big-time playmaker." Morgan has not been that big-time playmaker in his rookie season, and he knows it. He's dropped key passes in important games. He's missed some big blocks. He's had some heartbreaking fumbles. And through it all he's heard the criticism from the fans and the media. It would be easy for Morgan to get defensive or even question his abilities. He hasn't done that.

"When I came into the league, people said I have all the tools to be a great wide receiver, but running fast, being big and physical, all of that means nothing if I get that one ball thrown at me in a game and I don't make the play, said Morgan. "None of that potential matters right now. When I start going out there and making plays and catching everything that's thrown to me, that's when my speed and my big-play ability is going to matter."

While he's struggled, Morgan has shown incredible maturity by refusing to wallow in his mistakes. Morgan appeared to make a key fourth down catch late in the fourth quarter of a Dec. 16 loss to the Jaguars. In a controversial decision after watching instant replay, referee Terry McAulay ruled Morgan had dropped the ball, ending a potential game-winning drive. The call enraged the fans and led to a long week of debate in the media. While everyone else argued, Morgan moved on.

"It hasn't been tough to move on because I know I'm going to be given another chance to go out there and make a play again," said Morgan. "I feel like the things that have happened to me have been kind of crazy. When I drop a ball like that, for a minute it gets you down. But then I remember I've got another week to go out and improve and show I can make plays in this league "

Morgan's positive outlook has been helped by the encouragement of his teammates.

"I've heard a lot of advice from a lot of guys on this team, said Morgan.-But what's realty meant a lot to me is the way the guys on this team still treat me after some of the plays that I've made that have really hurt this team. Nobody has talked down on me. That means a lot to me. That makes me want to keep working hard and keep my head up, knowing that guys are still pulling for you and believing in you."

To get away from the pressures of the NFL, Morgan simply likes to relax at home. He calls himself "a laid back guy who just likes to sit at home and watch television.

"I like to sit home and watch movies or go out to the movies," said Morgan. "The best movie I've seen so far this year is "Ocean's 11". That's a really good movie. I also like to play video games. I have Play Station 2. It's a crazy thing when you first see yourself in a computer game. It was nice when I was in the college game, because I was real good.

It's rarely a surprise to hear that a professional athlete could have been a star in another sport. Most football players were also high-school or college stars in basketball, baseball or track. Morgan, however, thinks he could have had a career in a very different sport.

"The one thing people don't know about me that could surprise them is that with a little training, I could probably go to the Olympics and be a world0class gymnast if I wanted to," said Morgan. "I was always good at gymnastics growing up. Something I always loved to do was tumble. I'm a real good tumbler."


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