Overview: Jordan Morgan is a red shirt junior who is an offensive lineman for Kutztown University. In 2014, he was awarded All-American Honorable mention by D2football.com. He was also named first team in his conference also known as All-PSAC. In 2015, some of the awards and honors he received were AP Little All-American First team, AFCA All-American Team and was awarded All-American First team by D2football.com. He is a good athlete, who has good foot work and is a solid run-blocker.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jordan, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Kutztown University?
JM: I ended up choosing KU because they gave me a chance. In high school I did not play football until my senior year, and did not get on the field until half way through the season. I had originally decided to play football because it fulfilled a requirement known as “enrichment” hours at my school required to graduate. I was also initially a basketball player. Kutztown was the only other school (along side Delaware Valley) that had shown any interest in me.
C: Since you are from a smaller school, how do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
JM: I plan to make myself standout and appeal more to scouts by showing them what I already know I can do. I’m tenacious in every level of competition I am involved in, and the hustle combined with the athleticism is sure to capture someone’s eyes.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
JM: I would say my strengths are my athleticism and my work ethic along with my confident demeanor. My weaknesses are my upper body strength and my level of competition. I dominate here but I know to some people they want to see more against bigger names.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
JM: What separates me from other players is my mentality. Regardless of the situation I’m always level headed and never lose my cool, I stay in control yet can still play “pissed off”. I always believe I can get the job done and if I run into a road bump I don’t let it falter my confidence.
C: Do you prefer run blocking or pass blocking?
JM: For run blocking or pass blocking Both techniques have aspects that I love and hate. But if I had to choose I would go with run blocking. Nothing more satisfying then completely dominating and pancaking the opposition.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
JM: The NFL player I think I resemble the most is Tyron Smith. Even with his immense athleticism he emphasizes the importance of technique and how vital it is to OL play, and this is shown in his playstyle; always composed, in the right spot, always on balance.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
JM: The toughest player I have faced was probably Julian Howsare of Clarion (now a NY Jet) about 2 seasons ago. I was younger but he had quite an extensive tool kit as a pass rusher, and forced me to develop and adjust on the fly. Would love to play him again.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
JM: I prepare for game day by giving myself lots of self talk to hype myself up. I constantly tell myself I am the greatest, to speak it into fruition. I do this to get myself into the mindset where if I touch anyone they end up 10 yards down field or on the ground. Other than this I do not do anything specific.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
JM: The most powerful/inspirational thing a coach has said to me, was to find the reason why I want to do this (my current OL coach, Corey Woods). I came to him in a sensitive time where I wanted to elevate my level of gameplay but had no idea how to go about it, I felt as if I was missing that “it” factor. Aside from telling me to bury people he told me to find and solidify my reason for being dominant 100% of the time and not 50% of the time.
C: As you prepare for the 2017 Draft, what are some of your goals for your final year of college?
JM: As I prepare for the 2017 NFL draft some of my final collegiate goals are to become an All-American for the third time, winning the Gene Upshaw award (awarded to best lineman in all D2), and winning my conference with my team.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Jordan Morgan for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2017 draft prospect.
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