"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be in his final year of eligibility, hold at least a 3.2 grade-point average and "have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship."
"I went in early and we talked a little, nothing very long," Morgan said. "But you can just tell that he is very intense, very business-like the way he goes about things and I think he is as excited as we are to move forward and play Michigan football and win some football games."
"They want us to be interchangeable -- they want to put the best two guys on the field no matter what the situation is," the junior said. "One guy goes down, they don't want to go to the next MIKE or the next WILL, they want to go to the next best linebacker. That's what all of our mindset is."
"Last year was a whirlwind," he said. "To be honest, coming in as a true freshman I really didn't know what was going to happen. I didn't anticipate getting on the field. But then it started to happen, and by the time the Ohio State game came around, it got to the point where it just felt like another game."