#15, Josh Morgan, WR
High School: H.D. Woodson High School – Washington, DC – 1999-2003
Morgan played QB, WR, and CB in high school and was a standout on the basketball team.
Prep School: Fork Union Military Academy – Fork Union Military Academy – 2003
He caught 33 balls for 845 yards and eight touchdowns in addition to blocking four punts on the season. He drew attention as a national level recruit on the strength of his PG year.
College: Virginia Tech – Lynchburg, VA – 2004 to 2008
He fractured his foot during spring ball but made it back to play in 12 games as a freshman in 2004. He set a Virginia Tech receiving yardage record gaining 126 yards against Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. Over the next 3 years he consistently put up about 500 yards and four touchdowns a year.
Aggregated Advanced Analysis
Football Outsiders Almanacs
2012 Had a strong five games last year, but they caution that the data only covered 20 passes. Was below average for his first three seasons. Reviewer said that this was a another typical horrible Redskins free agent acquisition and that we overpaid him. But then says that he has a lot of upside.
2011 FO makes statistical and style of play comparison to Hines Ward (!). Based on Morgan from 2008 to 2010 and Ward from 1998 to 2000. Expected his breakout year this year.
2010 Mentioned that the coaches love Josh Morgan’s ability to block. 64% catch percentage on 83 plays. Starting Flanker.
2009 No mention, catch percentage of 47%
Pro Football Focus Grades
Josh LeRibeus OG/OC
CFA Player Analysis
(NEED TO SWITCH THIS AND FLATTERING/UNFLATTERING COMPS)
Because of the weight fluctuation, he’s a difficult evaluation. Xxxxxx
If he keeps working as hard as his senior year he can be a competent starter for a long time. But it’s up to him. So what’s he going to do?
Watch Josh man up like
Josh needs to man up all
He’s got to get ready
It’s Time to?
It’s Time to!
What did Jesus do?
When they put nails in his hands?
Did he scream like a girl?
Or did he take it like a man?
When someone had to die
To save us from our sins,
Jesus said “I’ll do it!”
And he took it on the chin.
He manned up!
He manned up,
He took a bullet for me and you,
That\’s man up.
Real man up.
And now it\’s Josh’s time ta…
DO IT TOO!
Between 1983 and 1987, SMU had eight players taken in the first 54 picks of the draft. At 71, LeRibeus is the highest draft pick SMU has produced in 25 years. Guess the death penalty worked.
Debbie LeRibeus, JL’s mom, seems to be the one talking every time Josh is doing press, from high school recruiting through aHogsHaven podcast this past month. He seems like a gregarious guy, but he so far has demonstrated a somewhat endearing -but potentially incautious- lack of a certainje ne sais quoi with the press.
SMU is 15 miles away from JL’s high school. LeRibeus has really never left Dallas., so moving to Washington will be a change from his comfort zone. Presumably Mrs. LeRibeus will be following Josh to Washington, so hopefully that’s enough to keep things stable for him.
High School: Richardson Berkner
LeRibeus was key in Berkner’s 12-0 season in 2006 after moving from guard to tackle to tight end throughout the season.
“Josh was a dominating player from his junior high years all the way through all his high school years,” [Jim] Ledford said.
College : Southern Methodist University (SMU)
Redshirted freshman year. Started all games his sophomore year and was honorable mention all-conference. Sat out junior year for academic eligibility issues. Returned senior year to start all games and makes All-Conference team,
His high school coach at Berkener Richardson, Jim Ledford, sees LeRibeus as a scheme fit for the Redskins. However, he’s only zone blocked for one game in his career, and it was anAll-Star game. All analysts saw him as a good scheme blocker, andMayock thought he’d transition well to a zone-blocking scheme. Everyone saw him as having the correct nasty disposition for the interior.
Dominated his draft profile. LeRibeus listed at anywhere from 315 to 340 in high school but carried his weight well in high school. He was athletic enough to fill in at tight end as well as all other line positions., but big enough to be referred to as ‘massive’ in multiple scouting reports. He was 350 to 360 pounds by the end of his sophomore year. He was still very agile for his size -apparently wowing teammates with his agility on the racquetball court- but not playing his junior year led to further weight gain By the end of the 2010 football season, LeRibeus was up to 380 pounds. At this point LeRibeus was at a crossroads, much like Elder Cunningham in the Book of Mormon. To wit:
What did Jesus do,
When they sentenced him to die?
Did he try to run away?
Did he just break down and cry?
No, Jesus dug down deep,
Knowing what he had to do-
When faced with his own death,
Jesus knew that he had to…
He had to man up.
So he crawled up on that cross,
And he stuck it out.
And he manned up.
Christ, he manned up.
And taught us all what real manning
Up is about!
Faced with losing a pro career that had seemed pre-destined for him since junior high, LeRibeus manned the F up, found the weight room, ate the chicken and rice, and shed 70 pounds in 6 months. He changed his offseason workout regimen and started going to the weight room every day as opposed to just twice a week. He cut out fast food and started eating healthy. He began finishing first in conditioning drills amongst the other linemen, impressing teammates.