Thursday, August 11, 2011

Soul's Morgan named All-Arena Second Team

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Soul and the Arena Football League have announced that wide receiver Donovan Morgan has been awarded Second-Team All-Arena honors for his record-setting season with the 2011 Soul. 

Morgan was also named a finalist for the Cutters Wide Receiver of the Year award.

“I am thankful to have been recognized by the League and my peers for my accomplishments this year,” said Morgan.  “While my focus remains on the ultimate goal of winning a championship, I am eager to get back on the field for the Soul in 2012 and to do my part to bring the title back to the city of Philadelphia.”

Morgan has proven his dominance as a wideout in a Soul uniform as he now ranks in the top-three of multiple franchise receiving records.  His 1,959 receiving yards this season surpassed the previous team record of 1,719 yards set by Chris Jackson in 2008.  Morgan’s 121 receptions and 37 receiving touchdowns ranks No. 2 all-time behind Jackson’s 140 receptions and 49 touchdowns also set in 2008.

Morgan finished the year ranking in the top-10 of multiple AFL statistical categories, including No. 1 with 16.2 yards per catch, No. 2 with 122.4 receiving yards per game, No. 4 in receiving yards, No. 6 in receiving touchdowns, and No. 10 with 14.2 scoring points per game.

His best single-game performance came in his Soul debut, where he caught 14 receptions for 189 yards and five touchdowns, while adding a rushing touchdown, in a 58-52 overtime victory in Week 1 at Pittsburgh.  With that performance, Morgan is tied in Soul history for the most receptions in a game, most touchdowns in a game, and ranks No. 2 in receiving yards in a game.

During his time in Philadelphia, Morgan has also achieved multiple career milestones.  On May 15, he caught his 300th career reception and surpassed 4,000 career receiving yards against Georgia.  On May 27, Morgan caught his 100th career touchdown reception against New Orleans.

Throughout the season, Morgan’s down-field playmaking ability was apparent as he recorded 19 touchdowns of 20 or more yards, 10 touchdowns of 30 or more yards, and eight touchdowns of 40 or more yards.  Morgan was a reliable target all year, catching five or more receptions in 15 games, surpassing 100 receiving yards in 12 games, and catching multiple touchdowns in 11 games.

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