Roadrunners in the NFL: Morgan’s first catch, Price gets raise

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

For the first time in his NFL career, David Morgan hauled in a pass from Sam Bradford midway through the second quarter of the Vikings’ Christmas Eve game against Green Bay, gaining four yards before being tackled by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. It was the rookie’s only target of the game.

Morgan was utilized on seven offensive snaps (9%) and seven special teams snaps (21%), the most since Week 2 prior to Rhett Ellison’s return from injury.

Minnesota Vikings Tight End Snap Chart

                       Off.      ST
Player          Pos Num Pct Num Pct
Kyle Rudolph     TE  75 96%   4 12%
Rhett Ellison    TE  21 27%  16 47%
David Morgan     TE   7  9%   7 21%

Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table

Morgan also returned his second kickoff of the season, this one for 11 yards before being tackled by Jordan Tripp, bringing his career total up to 29 yards.

Here is an updated list of every yard gained in the NFL by UTSA alumni:

  • 10/27/2013 – Teddy Williams 51-yard reception (ARI vs ATL)
  • 10/16/2016 – Teddy Williams 19-yard interception return (CAR @ NO)
  • 12/11/2016 – David Morgan 18-yard kickoff return (MIN @ JAX)
  • 12/24/2016 – David Morgan 4-yard reception (MIN @ GB)
  • 12/24/2016 – David Morgan 11-yard kickoff return (MIN @ GB)

BRIAN PRICE

DT – Green Bay Packers – UTSA ’13-’15

Despite being released from the Packers active roster and spending the last ten weeks on their practice squad, former UTSA defensive tackle Brian Price has apparently garnered interest from multiple NFL teams in need of defensive line help, including the Indianapolis Colts.

In order to prevent Price from leaving Green Bay, his salary was increased to $26,470/week from the league minimum salary of $6,900/week.

INACTIVES

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints – Practice Squad
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers – Practice Squad
  • Teddy Williams – Carolina Panthers – Injured Reserve

NFL WEEK 17 MATCHUPS

Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) vs. Chicago Bears
Sunday, January 1 – Noon – FOX

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 11

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

David Morgan failed to make the Vikings’ active roster for the second time in three weeks. UTSA’s first-ever draft pick has only seen action on five offensive snaps since incumbent blocking tight end Rhett Ellison returned from injury in Week 3.

Minnesota travels to Detroit for a Thanksgiving Day matchup this week, following their first win since Week 5.

INACTIVES

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints – Practice Squad
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers – Practice Squad
  • Teddy Williams – Carolina Panthers – Injured Reserve

NFL WEEK 12 MATCHUPS

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) @ Detroit Lions – 11:30 am – CBS

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 10

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

David Morgan was back on the active roster this week, but he failed to earn any snaps on offense and appeared in just 7 special teams plays (27%) during the Vikings’ 26-20 loss to the Redskins.

Minnesota has now lost four straight games after their Week 6 bye that they entered as the league’s last remaining undefeated team at 5-0.

INACTIVES

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints – Practice Squad
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers – Practice Squad
  • Teddy Williams – Carolina Panthers – Injured Reserve

NFL WEEK 11 MATCHUPS

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) vs. Arizona Cardinals – Noon – FOX

 

Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 9

DAVID MORGAN II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

In Pat Shurmur’s first week in charge of the Vikings offense, David Morgan was named to the inactive list for the first time this season. Shurmur chose to use just two tight ends, receiver Kyle Rudolph and blocker Rhett Ellison, leaving Morgan and MyCole Pruitt on the outside looking in.

The one bright spot for Morgan fans came near the end of regulation when the Vikings ran a designed tight end handoff that saw Rhett Ellison score the first rushing touchdown of his career on his first-ever carry.

Why would this be good news for Morgan? Well, now we know Shurmur isn’t afraid to give the ball to the supposed blocking tight end, and Ellison showed that he perhaps shouldn’t be trusted with such a role when he fumbled the ball just after crossing the goal line.

If Shurmur prefers having two multi-faceted tight ends rather than the strict receiving/blocking roles that Norv Turner used then we may see Morgan start getting more of the TE2 snaps going forward.

Earlier this week, the Vikings waived MyCole Pruitt and signed him to the practice squad. Shurmur and his staff must feel confident enough in either Ellison or Morgan as a pass-catching tight end since Pruitt was largely seen as Rudolph’s backup in that role.

INACTIVES

  • Ashaad Mabry – New Orleans Saints – Practice Squad
  • Brian Price – Green Bay Packers – Practice Squad
  • Teddy Williams – Carolina Panthers – Injured Reserve

NFL WEEK 10 MATCHUPS

  • Minnesota Vikings (David Morgan) @ Washington Redskins – Noon – FOX

Week in Review – 11/4/16

FOOTBALL

In the annual is-it-or-isn’t-it-a-rivalry game against North Texas, the Roadrunners took care of business and extended their series lead to 3-1 with a 31-17 victory on Saturday at the Alamodome.

Jarveon Williams ran for 74 yards against the Mean Green and is now just 36 yards shy of becoming the program’s first 2,000-yard career rusher.

The other half of UTSA’s running back duo, Jalen Rhodes, notched his 6th and 7th rushing touchdowns this season, putting him just one score away from tying the season-high 8 rushing TDs set by Evans Okotcha in 2012 and matched by Williams in 2015.

UTSA (4-4, 3-2 C-USA) heads to Murfreesboro to face Middle Tennessee (6-2, 3-1 C-USA) this Saturday as 19-point underdogs.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

UTSA’s best season since 2011 came to an end on Friday, as the Roadrunners fell to Louisiana Tech 3-0 on Senior Night at Park West.

Needing a win and some help to qualify for the conference tournament, the Roadrunners’ postseason drought was extended to five seasons after the loss, but the future looks bright for the program that featured a very underclassmen-heavy roster under third-year head coach Greg Sheen.

UTSA forward Jordyn Lacy was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team, becoming the first field player to receive the honor in program history. Lacy started every match this season and finished with five goals and five assists.

VOLLEYBALL

UTSA volleyball split their two matches over the weekend, defeating UAB in four sets on Friday before getting swept by Louisiana Tech on Sunday. It was the first sweep that the Roadrunners have suffered in conference play this year.

Despite the loss, UTSA remains second-best in the conference in terms of RPI (64) and have already clinched a C-USA tournament berth.


The Roadrunners (7-3 C-USA) return home to take on FAU (8-2) on Friday and FIU (2-8) on Sunday in their final two home games of the season.

MEN’S GOLF

The UTSA golf team finished in second place at the Price’s “Give ‘Em Five” Invitational on the back of Zander Lozano’s individual title. Lozano was named C-USA Player of the Week for his performance.

The team is in Hawaii this weekend to close out the fall season at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic.

CROSS COUNTRY

The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the Conference USA Championships last weekend and finished in 8th and 9th place, respectively.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Roadrunners opened up the season last Friday with a 75-34 exhibition win over Texas A&M International. They will play one more exhibition game, at home against Trinity on Saturday, before kicking off the regular season on November 11.

ROADRUNNERS IN THE PROS

Teddy Williams was placed on injured reserve last week, while David Morgan II continued to struggle to get playing time in Norv Turner’s offense, but will now aim for a larger role under interim offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Read more: Teddy Williams placed on injured reserve & Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 8

UTSA basketball alum Ryan Bowie was selected in the NBA’s D-League Draft, with pick 17 of the fourth round (82nd overall) by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The Skyforce will travel to Texas for six games this season (two each in Frisco, Cedar Park, and Hidalgo).