|21 Rahkeem Morgan|
Should again provide a high-impact contribution in the secondary and on special teams during third active season with the Pirate program ... Has successfully made the transition from an offensive prep standout to a well-versed and hard-hitting defensive back and special teams stalwart at the collegiate level ... Will contend for a depth chart role at the boundary cornerback position this fall after completing a full comeback from off-season arm surgery ... Exemplary field vision, quickness and a physical approach has promoted quick development and selection as program's special teams MVP as a sophomore ... Was not credited with a tackle during the first spring scrimmage (April 2) but tallied three in the second intra-squad contest a week later ... Contributed a pass breakup during the Purple-Gold Game on April 16.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: A key member of the special teams who also experienced action in the secondary in nickel packages ... Named ECU's special team's player-of-the-year ... Recorded 17 tackles (11 solo) and a fumble recovery ... Tied for third on the team with 10 special teams' tackles, all on kickoff returns ... Made seven tackles in the secondary, all in the second half of the season (two/N.C. State, three/UAB, one/Rice, one/SMU) ... Booked at least one stop in last six games played ... Recovered first career fumble on a Daniel Bourne kickoff return in the fourth quarter at UAB ... Four of career-high five stops against the Blazers came in the opening half ... Tied personal best with three solo tackles against UAB ... Experienced action in the secondary against N.C. State and booked two tackles on pass plays in the fourth quarter ... Threw a pivotal "highlight-reel" block during Jonathan Williams' 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Southern Miss ... Made an ECU season-best four special teams tackles against Memphis, including career-high three solo hits.
2008: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Officially signed with the Pirates' program in February, 2008.
High School: A versatile athlete who was a two-year starter at quarterback for coach Danny Wilkins at Asheville High School ... Completed prep career with a school-record 3,084 passing yards ... Threw for 1,810 yards and 22 touchdowns while suffering only six interceptions as a senior to lead AHS to an 11-3 mark ... Added 1,173 rushing yards and 12 ground scores ... Helped guide squad deep into playoffs before suffering a third-round setback to North Gaston ... Selected as the Asheville Citizen-Times Western North Carolina Player-of-the-Year ... Chosen to play in the N.C. East-West All-Star Game ... Starred as a wide receiver during sophomore season in 2005 and made game-winning catch in state championship contest ... Part of AHS squads which qualified for post-season play for three consecutive years.
Personal: Full name is Rahkeem Abbdul Morgan ... Born December 12, 1989 at Asheville, N.C. ... A family community services major ... Hobbies include writing music ... Says fanbase is the most special part about being a member of the Pirate football program ... Lists his parents as the most impressive people he knows.