Carl Morgan is just one of two returning starters for Booker T. Washington’s offense this season, but it is on defense where Morgan really gets noticed.
Morgan was one of the top defensive backs in the city last season with seven interceptions.
“He is our starting cornerback and receiver and we will play him some at quarterback too,” said first-year head coach Kendrick Law. “He has quick feet, he ran the 200 meters in track and led (District) 1-2A in interceptions last year.”
He helped BTW get off to a good start in its first game of the season against Fair Park. His second pick of that game came in the fourth quarter of a tie game (20-20) and was returned for the winning touchdown.
“That gave me a real confidence boost,” said Morgan. “It made me feel like superman, you know.”
BTW is coming off its first trip to the playoffs in five years and a 5-6 season and Law is saddled with the job of replacing most everybody on offense and half his defense.
“The kids are motivated to play over here,” said Law. “They came and worked hard over the summer. We averaged about 32 kids a workout.”
Two of BTW’s other returnees on defense will be linebackers Ontario Collins and Anthony Newton.
“I love them so much because they go full speed, 110 percent every time, full speed downhill” said Morgan. “I think they are the soul of our defense really.”
Newton is the play caller for coach Law on defense. “He is going to be someone to watch,” said Law. “He’s a pretty good kid who is going to knock a couple helmets off.”
On offense Morgan will line up at receiver where he had four touchdown receptions last season and at times move over to quarterback. He won’t be the only one from the defense on offense when he is put at quarterback.
“We have a little package where we line Carl up at quarterback and we bring some of those linebackers over that really didn’t realize they were so good on offense,” stated Law. “We just want to switch up the tempo a little bit every now and then.”
But Law doesn’t want all the responsibility to fall on Morgan.
“I’m going to try to get the ball in the hands of the athletes because I have some that nobody has seen because they haven’t played before,” said Law. “We are going to try and spread the ball around a little bit and not put all the pressure on just one person.”
Coach Law will use a tandem at quarterback with Deion Morris and Josh Horton sharing the load. Morris is the better passer of the two with Horton being a little bit more mobile.
Justin Turner and Paul Bolton are a couple of those that didn’t play last season that will both be asked to play offensive guard and defensive tackle.
“They go hard down there in those trenches,” said Law. “They are the neck bone of our offense.”
As far as his goals for this season, Morgan says getting to the playoffs is the main one.
“Our first goal is to make the playoffs because we have the team to do it,” said Morgan. “We really just want to make it there and maybe go to the championship.”