Flying up field from his Defensive End position, Junior Aaron Morgan is causing havoc early and often this spring. Watching him in practice, its easy to see that opposing offensive lines will also have a tough time dealing with him.
In Tuesday full pads workout, Morgan registered at least 3 would be sacks and was in the backfield on every snap. Coaches had Morgan and Travis Eickman standing up with a three man front and two linebackers. Picture what the Pittsburgh Steelers run on defense, a 3-4 scheme, ULM was running a similar package blitzing from all angles.
Morgan also had the "Hit of The Day" when he leveled red-shirt freshman Donnel McCray. McCray tried to cut back on a run only to lose a head on collision with Morgan. It was the kind of popping pads sound that gets your football juices going.
Morgan's presence along with juco DT transfers Aaron Morgan, Alex Ford and Senior DE Travis Eickman will take a lot of pressure off the ULM secondary and allow them chances for more game changing interceptions.
Morgan talked about his new coaches, the juco transfers and outlook on this up coming season in todays press conference at ULM. "The new coaches that we added to the staff all have this urge and attitude about them thats been great. The new guys are coming in trying to win starting positions. The hardest thing for them is learning the different defensive schemes. With Coach Manny and Coach Elmassian working together and bringing new ideas together its going to be great for this defense".
"The thing the coaches have been stressing to us is to bring the energy that we ended with last year and bring that into the new season. The spring is where you define yourself, who is going to work the hardest".
As a sophomore in 2007, Morgan appeared in 11 games registering 34 tackles, 3 sacks, 8 tackles for loss(-29 yards) and had 5 QB hurries. Expect those numbers to skyrocket in 2008.
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