On the cusp of the holidays and in the spirit of cheer, today we make a toast to Sir David Morgan II - the first All-American to hail from The Alamo University.
Perhaps the most impressive natural athlete ever listed on a UTSA roster, Morgan was a nonstop highlight reel in his final season. Beginning with a record-setting nine receptions against Arizona in the season opener - a number he would later match against Louisiana Tech - he ended the year with 45 catches for 566 yards.
Amongst college football tight ends, those numbers account for the 8th and 10th best in the country, respectively, through the regular season. That's impressive. He also tacked on five touchdowns, all of which we're going to admire.
In addition to becoming the school's first All-American, he may very well also become the school's first player to walk to the stage on Draft Day.
And why not? He's a coach's ideal prototype at tight end: 6 '4" and 260 pounds, catches as good he blocks, versatile in schemes, and doesn't make a lot of mistakes. He's a player's ideal teammate on the field: sacrifices his body, gives 110% every play, and never takes any credit. And, he's a fan's ideal favorite to cheer for: a Texas native, makes big plays, and the guy's got hair like Rapunzel.
Did I mention he's a warrior? He played in 42 games throughout his career at UTSA, only missing four. That includes all 10 games of the program's inaugural season (FCS), and 32 of the last 36 after redshirting his sophomore year.
Recalling the inaugural game against Northeastern State, I was a freshman as well, sitting in the stands with the Spirit of San Antonio. UTSA's offense took over from their own 30-yard line with about nine minutes left in the third quarter, and on the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Eric Soza dropped back and hit Morgan on a 63-yard catch-and-run that set up the Roadrunners' fourth touchdown of the day. It marked the first 50-yard play in school history. Can you say prophetic?
That was the start of a career in which he compiled 1,104 yards and averaged 13 yards a catch. Good for a first down every time. Not to mention his blocking played a major role in Jarveon Williams becoming UTSA's first 1,000-yard rusher this season. UTSA die-hards starting referring to Morgan as "Baby Gronk" this year, which is certainly appropriate, and there's no doubt that a couple of NFL coaches have him on their watch list. In fact, several scouts visited the Alamodome press box this year to have a look at him (trust me, I was there).
From the start, he has built this program from the ground up, and for that the Roadrunner Faithful will be ever-grateful. This is a token of our appreciation; a look back at an All-American farewell season.
This is to you, Sir Morgan. Thank you for the glory.
Morgan snags a back-shoulder fade for a beautiful touchdown against Louisiana Tech.
How did David make diving, one-handed first down catches look so easy?
Morgan adjusts to the ball mid-air to set up a touchdown against Rice.
Opponents were little more to Morgan than mere speed bumps