Desmond Morgan: WO alumni finds success at University of Michigan

Samuel Strobel


5 years ago, West Ottawa Alumni and current Michigan Football starting Line Backer Desmond Morgan would have never guessed the next 5 years of his life.

He would never have guessed that we would still be playing at Michigan 5 years later due to an injury plagued Senior season, which resulted in a medical red-shirt, which means you get an extra year to play a college sport.

He would never have guessed that he would be working with his 3rd head coach. Starting by getting recruited by Rich Rodriguez, being coached for 4 years under Brady Hoke, and finishing out his career under Jim Harbaugh.

He would have never guessed that he would be apart of some of the worst teams in Michigan Football history. Going 5-7 and missing a bowl game in 2014-2015, finishing the 2013-2014 season getting handed a beating by Kansas State in their bowl game.

And he never would have guessed that he would be leading the nation’s 2nd best defense, in his 5th year at the university of Michigan, under what many would say the best college coach, Jim Harbaugh, trying to leave the university being on one of the best Michigan teams ever.

Michigan football is off to a hot 4-1 start and ranked 18th in the nation. This is because so far this season Michigan Football has had the 2nd best defense in the nation. In fact, Michigan’s defense has not given up a single point in the last 2 games. The man in the middle of this defense is West Ottawa Alumni Desmond Morgan. 

Also, Morgan was named a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, on Sept. 25. You must have the following to be selected as a finalist:

* A senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility;

* Have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale;

* Have outstanding football ability as a first team player; and

* Have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.