Photo courtesy of Jeff Heuhn, UTSA Athletics

Photo courtesy of Jeff Heuhn, UTSA Athletics

Photo courtesy of Jeff Heuhn, UTSA Athletics

UTSA football star and Marble Falls native David Morgan II recently became UTSA’s first player selected in the NFL draft when he was taken by the Minnesota Vikings with the no. 188 overall pick in the sixth round.

“It’s something special that I’m going to hold for the rest of my life,” said Morgan of being the first Roadrunner drafted into the NFL. “That’s something that comes with starting a program: a lot of firsts. It’s something special, not only for myself, but for the program at UTSA and the city as well.”

Morgan led all Roadrunner receivers last season with 566 yards and five touchdowns on 45 catches, despite the fact that UTSA ran the ball 150 more times than they threw it.

He then had an impressive showing at the draft combine, pacing all tight ends in three-cone drill and shuttle run times as well bench press reps.

He wasn’t given a recruiting ranking coming out of high school, and he was left off of many draft rankings until he created some buzz with his strong combine performance. As Morgan told ESPN after the draft, he is used to being underrated, and he is eager about the opportunity he has to secure an NFL roster spot.

“I had a couple phone calls before the draft started,” Morgan explained, “and then there was a long period where there was nothing really happening for me. I was just really excited…it was really cool to get that phone call and hear, ‘You’re going to be a Minnesota Viking.’”

Morgan received offers from UTSA rivals Texas State and University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP), but decided instead to go with the upstart program in San Antonio. According to Morgan, some of the things that drew him to UTSA were the excitement of being part of a new program, the success other tight ends had under Larry Coker and the location close to home.

“I love San Antonio,” said Morgan. “I grew up close to Austin, and I know that it was special for me to be close to home so (my parents) could watch, so that made San Antonio a great fit.”

The Roadrunners’ on-field success was limited in Morgan’s tenure, but he believes the time spent with his teammates away from the game will more than suffice when it comes to the memories he created while playing football at UTSA.

“The things you really remember the most are the little things that you don’t think about at the time,” Morgan pined. “Twenty years from now, I’m not going to remember scores to games and things like that. I’m going to remember those terrible practices and laughing with the guys in the locker room.”

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