Insider Analysis: Colts RB Chris Morgan

The Colts signed Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Chris Morgan to a contract last week, and if you're like most Colts fans you probably don't know much about him. Get the details on why he's drawn Indy's interest directly from his former head coach, Lou Tepper.

The Colts enter the 2007 season with a pair of second-year players--Joseph Addai and Dede Dorsey--as their likely starting tandem since Dominic Rhodes will be wearing the silver and black of the Oakland Raiders this year. But behind that pair are some new faces, and plenty of questions about who will be the running back who can get the tough, inside yards when the Colts need them. Will it be Dede Dorsey or one of the new running backs who are hoping to stick with the team this summer?

The most recent addition to the mix is Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Chris Morgan, a 6'0, 210-pounder who finished second in career rushing (3,817 yards) and rushing touchdowns (34) in the school's history.

Morgan's head coach, Lou Tepper, had an interesting perspective on the new Colts rookie because Tepper took over top job at IUP for the first time right before Morgan's senior year. Prior to that, he coached against Morgan as the head coach of Edinboro, a rival school in Pennsylvania.

(Photo: Keith Boyer/IUP)
"He was banged up a lot the two years that I coached against him because he was 'the guy'..." he explained.

"We went to a two-tailback system where he carried the ball probably three-quarters of the time ... and he was much more productive, rushed for over 1,300 yards."

Under Tepper's leadership, Morgan thrived during his senior year. And IUP's head coach believes his star running back has some qualities that could translate into success at the pro level. "He was the Player of the Year in our league offensively," he said. "And I think he's one of those workman guys who's tough and hard-nosed."

Beyond the fact that Indianapolis didn't sign Morgan along with their first group of undrafted free agents, another interesting aspect of his signing was that when they called Tepper prior to signing Morgan, they asked him just one question.

"Really the only thing the Colts asked me about was his character," he said. "And number one, that says a lot about the Colts organization. Number two, it told me they were serious about him. subscribers can listen to this 4-minute audio clip where IUP head coach Lou Tepper describes Morgan's running style and his abilities as a receiver and as a blocker. And you'll gain some unique insight on his character as Tepper talks about the type of player Morgan used to be versus how he approached the game his senior year. Just click the link below:

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