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We now stand at 39 days until kick-off against North Dakota State, and as we approach only a month to go, our next player spotlight lands on #39 Cameron Morgan. Morgan, a defensive back from Omaha, Nebraska, came to Manhattan in 2012 and is a redshirt freshman after coming to K-State with preferred walk-on status.
Morgan is an intriguing player and was recruiting out of Omaha as an athlete without a set position. At 5’9″ and 194 pounds, his height limits the number of positions he can play – he certainly couldn’t continue playing the quarterback position he did in high school. While at Westside High School, Morgan finished his career with 2,332 rushing yards and 45 touchdowns, in addition to throwing 23 career touchdowns.
Morgan did not have any scholarship offers from Division I programs, but garnered interest from UCLA and Nebraska as well as the Wildcats. He’s not just a good arm – as evidenced by his rushing totals – and during his senior year he set the Nebraska Class A state record for most touchdowns in a game in 2009 at six. This tied the record previously set by Danny Woodhead of the San Diego Chargers (formerly with the Patriots).
Morgan was clocked at 4.59 at the 40 yard dash in high school with a decent vertical. His abilities probably lend themselves to the safety position rather than defensive back, and he had three solo tackles and an assist while roaming the backfield in the spring game. He did not start, but saw decent playing time on the B squad in April and should be a solid contributor when he gets a little more mature as an upper classman.
To work backwards in our countdown, visit 40 days, where we look at the work Daniel Sams put in in 2012.