2010: After starting most of 2009 at linebacker, the swift Morgan will battle to hold onto his strongside spot in the starting lineup as a senior in 2010.
2009: Morgan started USC's first 9 games at strongside linebacker as a junior in 2009, then served as an often-used backup there (employed often in passing situations). He also played on special teams. Overall while appearing in all 13 games, he had 50 tackles, including a team-best 13 for a loss (with 4 sacks), and 1 deflection. He made the 2009 Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 third team.
He had 3 tackles (1 for a loss, with 0.5 sack) against San Jose State, then had 7 tackles (2 for losses) at Ohio State. Three of his 5 tackles at Washington were for losses. He had 2.5 sacks among his 5 tackles against Washington State. He had 5 tackles (1 for a loss) at California, then added 6 stops at Notre Dame, 5 tackles (including a sack) against Oregon State and 4 tackles (0.5 for a loss) at Oregon. He had 6 tackles (1 for a loss) at Arizona State, 3 tackles against Stanford and 1 tackle for a loss versus UCLA. He had a deflection against Boston College.
2008: Morgan served as a dependable backup strongside linebacker and key special teamer as a sophomore in 2008. Overall in 2008 while appearing in 12 games (he missed the Virginia opener while recuperating from a dislocated left shoulder suffered in 2008 fall camp), he made 22 tackles, including 5 for losses of 19 yards (with a 10-yard sack), plus he had a fumble recovery. He even started the Oregon game. He had 8 tackles (1 for a loss) against Oregon State, 5 versus Arizona State, 3 against Notre Dame (with a sack and fumble recovery) and 2 against Ohio State, Washington State and Penn State.
2007: Morgan was a backup linebacker and played on special teams as a redshirt freshman in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in 12 games (all but UCLA), he had 9 tackles. He had 2 tackles against Idaho, Nebraska and Arizona, then 1 against Notre Dame, California and Illinois. He sprained his left ankle at Arizona State and missed the UCLA game. He missed 2007 spring practice while resting a back sprain suffered in 2006.
2006: Morgan redshirted as a freshman linebacker in 2006, his first year at USC, while sidelined with a back sprain.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was named to the 2005 Parade All-American, Prep Star Dream Team, ESPN 150, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American third team, Super Prep All-Southwest, Prep Star All-Midlands and All-State honorable mention squads as a senior linebacker at Skyline High in Dallas (Tex.). He had 203 tackles and 10 sacks in 2005.
As a junior in 2004, he recorded 98 tackles, 18 sacks and 7 forced fumbles.
He also sprinted for Skyline's track team.
PERSONAL: He has already received his bachelor's degree in public policy, management and planning at USC and is now working on a narrative studies degree. His brother, Steve, was a defensive tackle at UCLA from 1999 to 2002.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH MICHAEL MORGAN