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."
“I think we probably have more versatility," Hoke said. "Desmond Morgan will play some MIKE, and Ross will play a little bit more at WILL, and put them on the field at the same time."
"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."
and by "debate" we mean "instantly agree on OSU"
“Watching those guys sign, you had your hopes and dreams and hoped in the future you can be in that position … to go play at the next level,” Morgan said. “To be honest, at that point I really had no clue that this opportunity would fall in my lap.”