He was one of the most highly touted recruits to pick the Orange in the class of 2012. And now, a few weeks into his sophomore season, Wayne Morgan is about to step into an expanded role this weekend against NC State.
He also stepped into the Fizz Spotlight this week.
With the loss of starting cornerback Keon Lyn, Scott Shafer has turned to some of his younger defensive backs to step up, Wayne included. The Fizz talked with the New York city native about his expectations moving forward, and how the defense needs to turn things around heading further into its ACC slate.
Here are some excerpts from Morgan’s time with the FizzCast this week.
On his expanded role this weekend v. NC State
“It’s something I’ve been prepared for. Coach [Shafer] told me from the beginning on, if something was to happen to another corner, you got to step up and take a few more reps at the corner position. I was prepared for it, but it definitely was a tough loss for our secondary to lose Keon [Lyn] because he was one of our top cover guys. It was a big blow.”
On the secondary miscues against Clemson
“It was just a lack of communication, it wasn’t good enough communication with the cornerbacks and the safeties. There were a couple plays where we gave them touchdowns.”
On what injured CB Keon Lyn taught him over the last two years
“Last year he was going through shoulder problems [last season]. He taught me how to be tough. Basically if something’s hurting you just play through it because he did it. He actually was playing through his knee injury. He always gave us a little speech here and there, we prayed before the games, he’d be the guy talking. Definitely a big loss not to have Keon on the sideline with us.
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