Josh Morgan #17 WR
Height: 6-0 Weight: 219 Age: 30
Born: 6/20/1985 Washington , DC
College: Virginia Tech
Experience: 8th season
High School: Howard D. Woodson HS [Washington, DC]; Fork Union Mil. Acad. [VA]
Selected By: San Francisco 49ers
Pick (Overall): 8 (174)
Josh Morgan was an enigmatic performer at Virginia Tech, showing flashes of brilliance with some sensational catches, only to frustrate a moment later by dropping an easy throw. Blessed with the size, speed and strength to be a go-to target for any pro team, only character and work ethic stand in the way of him realizing his vast potential.
A two-year starter, Morgan accounted for 79 of his 122 career catches over the past two seasons. He has also shown the ability to fill in capably on special teams as a punt and kickoff returner. His exceptional leaping ability also proved to be an asset for that unit, as he blocked two kicks during his junior campaign.
Morgan competed as a quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback at H.D. Woodson High School, where he earned All-DCIAA honors as a senior. He made eight catches for 275 yards and three touchdowns in a game vs. Glen Mills High, as he also contributed four sacks and blocked a punt. In his junior year, he passed for 987 yards and five touchdowns rushed for 898, including eight scores. He also excelled in basketball, earning MVP honors in two tournaments while playing for the hoops team.
Due to academics, Morgan spent the 2003 season at Fork Union Military Academy. He caught 33 passes for 845 yards and eight touchdowns on offense and blocked four punts while also returning a punt for a touchdown. He enrolled at Virginia Tech in January 2004, going through the team's winter conditioning program, but was sidelined in May after undergoing surgery to repair a left foot fracture.
Morgan played in 12 games at Tech in 2004, starting vs. Miami. He finished with 15 catches for 346 yards (23.1-yard average) and three touchdowns. In 2005, he started once vs. North Carolina at slot receiver, appearing in 13 games. He grabbed 28 passes for 471 yards (16.8-yard average) and four touchdowns, as he also performed on special teams. The sophomore totaled 105 yards on nine punt returns (11.7 avg) and 67 yards on four kickoff returns (16.8 avg) while collecting a pair of solo tackles.
Morgan and defensive end Chris Ellis was arrested on Sept. 24, 2006. Morgan was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing justice and Ellis was charged with obstructing justice, all misdemeanors. Police responded to a disturbance call along Blacksburg's Draper Road, a stretch of bars and restaurants, about 1:50 a.m. on a Sunday after getting a report that a large crowd had gathered and a fight may have been about to start.
An officer saw Morgan run into the road and punch at the glass on the driver's side door of a passing truck, according to a police report. He then opened the truck's door as if he was going to assault the driver, police said. Police told Morgan he was under arrest. Morgan, however, began to back up into the crowd and refused to submit to the arrest. Police were forced to use a single burst of pepper spray to subdue Morgan and then took him into custody. Head coach Fran Beamer then suspended both players for the following game vs. Georgia Tech, citing a violation of team policy.
In 12 games at split end, Morgan snared 33 passes for 448 yards (13.6-yard average) and four touchdowns. He added 31 yards on four punt returns and 107 yards on six kickoff returns (17.8 avg). Starting 11 games on offense, he also registered a solo tackle and blocked a pair of kicks.
As a senior, Morgan started 11 of 14 games at split end, leading the Hokies with 46 receptions for 552 yards (12.0-yard average) and five touchdowns. He also totaled 276 yards on 16 kickoff returns (17.2 avg), as he added a 12-yard punt return and four carries for 11 yards (2.8 avg).
Morgan started 24 of 51 games at Virginia Tech. He ranks second in school history with 122 receptions, fourth with 1,817 yards (14.9-yard average) and fourth with 16 touchdown grabs. He had six rushing attempts for 20 yards (3.3 avg) and recorded four solo tackles with a pair of blocked kicks. He gained 148 yards on 14 punt returns (10.6 avg) and 450 yards on 26 kickoff returns (17.3 avg), scoring 98 points. He finished with 2,435 all-purpose yards, an average of 47.75 yards per game.