by Mary Ramsaier
A second choice sometimes turns out to be the best decision you could make. For Whitewater High School alumni Trevor Morgan, long snapping for the University of Memphis wasn’t his first choice, but it turned out to be the right call.
Morgan started at wide receiver in high school, but he soon realized his best opportunity to play at the Division I level would be at long snapper. Morgan adapted and landed a Division I offer as a long snapper to the University of Memphis. First, Morgan was offered a preferred walk-on spot at Auburn.
“He went right in there and played his freshman year,” Trevor’s mom Teri Morgan said. “He didn’t have to sit out. As parents, we couldn’t ask for anything better than that.”
Trevor started every game at the University of Memphis from day one. He trained with his brother Tyler Morgan, who played long snapper at Georgia Tech. Tyler and Trevor were influenced to play long snapper at a young age from their dad, Ted. Ted coached younger football teams and helped the boys learn the position.
“My dad knows the basics of long snapping,” Tyler Morgan said. “My dad threw us out there and basically said that you’re going to do it because no one else would do it.”
During high school, Trevor played both wide receiver and long snapper for the Whitewater Wildcats. Many of Trevor coaches told him his skill and speed were good, but not good enough for the Division 1 level, but his long snapping would get him somewhere.
Morgan had a strong support system beyond the Morgan family tree. One of Trevor’s high school coaches, Wes Clark, helped him every step of the way. As a young coach, Clark connected with Morgan. He took Morgan on recruitment trips, and, as Morgan went to college, he watched every play of his collegiate career.
“On punting, he was always first down (the field), the head hunter. If he made the tackle, I would jump up and down. If he missed it, I would scream,” Clark said. “I was coaching from the couch.”
Throughout high school, Trevor was a star athlete, contributing to two state playoff runs. He was the prime example for other players on the football team, younger, older, and even his best friends. Trevor’s best friend Joey Renta said Trevor set a high standard in the weight room and on the court.
“Trevor was always the guy that you wanted to work out next to in the weight room,” Renta said. “You want to be directly next to him to compete next to him.”
Morgan had high hopes to have a successful season for his freshman year at Memphis. Though he started every game his freshman year, the Tigers went 3-9. It wasn’t how he imagined college football feeling. He thought about transferring schools. Waking up at 4 a.m. to work wasn’t worth losing most of his games.
“I realized the rest of my teammates are in the same boat,” Trevor said. “I never have quit anything in my life. It would hurt my pride. Once you quit something, it makes it easier to quit other things for the rest of your life. My parents told me if you’re going to do something you better stick to it.”
Teri and Ted Morgan also instilled manners in their sons. Their sons always had the “yes ma’am’s and no sir’s” in their vocabulary.
“He was raised with respect,” Clark said. “He led by example on and off the field. I have two young boys, and if they come out with the character Trevor has, that’s good in my book. It definitely starts with his parents.”
Morgan battled through his collegiate career. This year, his senior season, Memphis finished 8-5. Over his four years, he snapped for 324 points between field goals and extra points and on three of the four longest field goals in school history. He only saw one punt blocked in 193 attempts.
Now, Trevor has graduation right around the corner. He’s keeping his pro football hopes alive by juggling workouts and school work. He has met with the Raiders, Bengals, and a few other coaches in the NFL. If the opportunity arises, he will take it.
“He’s not pushing it,” Trevor’s dad Ted Morgan said. “If something happens, he would welcome it. It’s not number one on his priority list.”
Morgan studied business management at Memphis and plans to pursue medical sales post-graduation if the NFL isn’t in his cards.
“I know there is a life outside of football,” Trevor said. “I want to go into medical sales. I’m trying to figure anything out.”