Your self-confidence has to be greater than your self-doubt. That's what Grant Morgan told himself throughout his college football career.
Although he started his career at Arkansas as a walk-on, Morgan left the Razorbacks this January as an All-SEC linebacker and Burlsworth Trophy winner.
Morgan finished his Arkansas career with 312 total tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 11 pass breakups, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
We caught up with Grant Morgan to discuss his unique path to the NFL Draft, what helped him overcome adversity, his pro day and more.
The Spun: You went from a walk-on to an All-SEC performer. How’d you keep on pushing to get to that point?
Grant Morgan: I would say knowing where I came from is what pushed me. I always believed in myself. I say this all the time: Your self-confidence has to be greater than your self-doubt. Maybe, I’ll tell myself from time to time that I’m not good enough. But I have to be able to have enough confidence to say, “You know what? You’re good enough.”
The Spun: What’s your favorite moment from your Arkansas career?
GM: My performance against Ole Miss is definitely up there. I had like 19 tackles, three tackles for loss and a pick-six. That was one of the biggest moments of my career. The win over Texas this past year was also great. We had everyone rush the field after the win. I’ll remember those two games for the rest of my life.
The Spun: Where do you believe the program is heading under Sam Pittman?
GM: There’s not a single person who is a better fit for that job than Sam Pittman. The respect and love he receives from the players is so extraordinary. He does everything so genuinely that you know what you’re going to constantly get from him. He doesn’t keep secrets from his players. That’s why Arkansas constantly goes to battle for him. I’m excited to watch what’s next for the Razorbacks.
The Spun: How do you feel you performed at your pro day?
GM: I thought I graded very well. I know I’m not a 4.5 guy, but people expected me to be in the 4.7 range. What’s crazy is one of the unofficial times was 4.89, and that’s far from the truth. I did well with my vertical and broad jump. Overall, most of the scouts down there said I did well.
The Spun: What would you say is the best part of your game right now?
GM: I’d say my experience and my knowledge of the other team. If you ask any scout what makes me play well, they’d say the knowledge of the game allows me to play fast. At the end of the day, football is about lining up in the box and making a play. I might not be the fastest guy, but my knowledge allows me to play way faster than what I am.
The Spun: Which linebackers do you like to study?
GM: There are so many linebackers that play faster than what they are. I’m biased because I was teammates with him, but I love watching Dre Greenlaw. By watching him on the 49ers, I get to watch Fred Warner. They play the linebacker position the right way. They don’t shy away from physicality, they don’t shy away from playing man-to-man, and they attack the line of scrimmage. It’s fun to watch them play.
The Spun: Have you had any conversations with former teammates about what to expect in the NFL?
GM: I’ve talked to Dre Greenlaw, Kamren Curl and De’Jon Harris. What they’ve told me is to continue being myself. They said it’s still just football. NFL players are faster and stronger, but in the SEC we’re constantly facing top-tier competition.
The Spun: Faith has been an important part of your life. Was there ever a point where you wondered if you’d get to this point?
GM: I’m 100 percent certain that there was a time in college where I thought maybe football isn’t for me. But then something would just click and I’d say you have to keep pushing. During my sophomore year, I finally realized that I can play against anybody. I’ve gone up against players like Najee Harris from a young age. I just need to keep on pushing.
The Spun: What would it mean to you to hear your name called?
GM: It would mean so much to me because I’ve never had a team want me. I was a walk-on in college. I didn’t get 20 scholarship offers. To hear my name called, that would be a team’s way of saying ‘We want you.’ I’m excited to potentially hear my name called at the draft. Even if I’m not drafted, it’s not going to break me. I know that I can continue to prove people wrong and give it my all.
The Spun: What is an NFL team getting in Grant Morgan?
GM: I’m going to do whatever job the coaching staff asks of me. It doesn’t matter if it’s on special teams or defense, I’m going to make a positive impact as soon as I can.
Scouts have raved about Morgan's football IQ, vision and pursuit of the football. In the right scheme, he could be a tackling machine.
It doesn't matter if he's drafted in April or signed as an undrafted free agent, Grant Morgan is ready to prove he has what it takes to make an impact in the NFL.
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