Name: Wayne Morgan
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
High School: Erasmus Hall
2014 Stats: He played in three games last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. In those three games, he recorded five tackles, two of them solo. Morgan played in all 13 games during his sophomore season in 2013, recording 21 tackles, including 16 solo.
2015 Projections: He is listed as the co-starter at the cornerback position on the preseason depth chart alongside sophomore Corey Winfield.
How'd He Get Here: Morgan received offers from several schools, such as UConn, Boston College, Miami (FL), Maryland, Penn State, and Rutgers/SUNJ. Despite the other big names on the list, he chose the Orange. *insert raised arms emoji here*
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Rivals and Scout gave him three stars, while ESPN and 247 gave him four.
Money Quote: Morgan had this to say in an interview with syracuse.com earlier this year:
"Honestly, I just want to win games. When you play to win, that's when you're playing at your best. If I just focus on one play at a time and doing the best I can each play, the result will be good at the end of the day. If we win, that means I played good, so I'm just focusing on winning and playing each play at a time."
Links of Wonder: As a Freshman, Morgan looked-up to #SHAMARKO Thomas, and used that to make him the kind of player he was the past two seasons. May the legend of #SHAMARKO live on!
Twitterfeed: You can find Wayne's birthday shout-outs and frequent musings here: @LightsOutMorgan
Tweets of Wonder: Morgan called-out Meek Mill after Drake's diss track was dropped:
Meek better be in that booth!
— Wayne Morgan II (@LightsOutMorgan) July 29, 2015
What Does the Coaching Staff Think: The starting cornerback competition is as tight as ever this year. Scott Shafer is not taking the issue lightly, saying that it'll "be a hell of a challenge for all those kids." during ACC Media Day.
Interesting Nugget O' Interest: At Erasmus Hall, Morgan played both quarterback and defensive back, and was equally good at both.
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