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Red Raider Snapshot: Octavious Morgan

Posted: July 11, 2017 - 6:07pm

Octavious Morgan

Position: Cornerback

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 206

Class: Junior

High school: Greenwood, S.C.

Last year: Playing on a 7-5 team at Butler (Kan.) Community College, Morgan got credit for 42 tackles, three interceptions and eight pass breakups. He signed with Tech in December and went through spring practice with the Red Raiders.

Outlook for 2017: Tech gave up nearly 316 passing yards a game last season, fourth from the bottom in the FBS. So the Red Raiders signed Morgan and Jaylon Lane from the junior-college ranks trying to solve the problem.

Defensive coordinator David Gibbs lists Morgan behind lanky sophomore Desmon Smith, though he indicates there’s not much separating those two, Lane and senior D.J. Polite-Bray.

“They’re all four going to play. All four of them are going to get beat deep,” Gibbs said with his typical caustic humor.

However, the four do fit the physical profile Gibbs likes. Even with his thick build, though, Morgan has to take his game up to meet the challenge of the Big 12. In Tech’s final spring scrimmage, the 6-3, 223-pound Dylan Cantrell outmuscled him for a touchdown catch.

“It’s probably the first time in his life he’s had somebody grab him and pull him to the ground on a fade ball,” Gibbs said. “He’s used to knocking them out of bounds or he’s used to not even worrying about (the receiver) and going and intercepting the ball. Now he’s got a guy that’s strong enough to pull him down, but he is physical enough that it won’t happen again. It’s good for him.”

When the Red Raiders were on the field in March and April, coaches tried to fast track Morgan to get him ready to help right away. In “good-on-good” situations — when the top defensive players were going against the top offensive players — nickel back Douglas Coleman was the only defensive player to get more snaps than Morgan.

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— Don Williams, A-J Media

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