Once star senior running back Brandon Minor went down in the season opener, 6-0, 182-pound quarterback Davon Morgan was called upon to be the sole leader of the Varina offense. He responded brilliantly, leading the Blue Devils to a 9-1 record and finishing with 70 completions out of 138 attempts for 1,402 yards, 20 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He added 505 yards rushing on 75 carries and scored seven touchdowns. Morgan was named Capital district offensive player of the year for his performance.
“I was ready for it the whole year,” Morgan said. “Me and Brandon were going to be like a two-headed snake…teams were going to have to pick their poison. Once he got hurt, I knew I had to step it up.”
Minor’s injury also forced Morgan to step up on defense, where he would play safety. He responded with an outstanding eight interceptions in just nine games and earned Richmond Times-Dispatch first-team all-metro honors for the defensive side of the ball.
“I’ve always been a good defensive player,” Morgan said. “The coaches wanted to play me only on offense because I’m the quarterback, but once Brandon went down I had to step up and play safety too. I can see the field real well. As a quarterback, I know where the play is supposed to go and things like that.”
Morgan would like to get a shot on offense on the next level, but believes his primary position will likely be as a defensive back.
“I see myself playing safety, but a lot of colleges are talking about me playing cornerback,” Morgan said. “Even if I play defense, I’d like to play somewhere on offense if I can. I’d play anywhere. I’d just like to play on offense somewhere.”
This off-season, Morgan is working to improve his patience in the pocket and is eyeing a strong senior season.
“The last loss gave us a lot of motivation,” Morgan said. Varina lost to Highland Springs in the final game last season, missing the playoffs as a result. “Last year, we were a young team and nobody thought we would win anything. We won the entire year until the last game. That helped us, because now we know we can lose and we have to be ready every game.”
As for his recruitment, Morgan has received official offers from Virginia Tech and Michigan. Both have offered the talented athlete as a defensive back. A...
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