Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Southeastern High’s William Morgan needed only three quarters to make a full impact as the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“He finished with big numbers even though he didn’t play the fourth quarter due to the score,” Southeastern coach Anthony Elliott said of Morgan, whose workhorse running (16 carries for 165 yards and a touchdown), strong passing (5 of 9 completions for 92 yards, including a 37-yard TD strike), and solid defense (one interception and six tackles) helped lead the Jungaleers past Pershing 35-14 last Friday for their first victory of the season.
“I play hard for my team and it feels good to get a win,” said Morgan, a 6-0, 190-pound senior quarterback and safety. “I’m happy that I was a big part of us winning last week . But we’ve got to play hard every week and hopefully get some more wins.”
Morgan transferred to Southeastern from King a year ago and quickly came to the attention of Elliott and his staff after expressing his interest in playing for the Jungaleers.
“All through weight training, he was a hard-working guy, was always on time and was always one of the leaders as far getting other guys going,” Elliott said. “Athletically, he looked the part. He’s a very strong kid. We hadn’t seen him run until we began our running drills and we saw he had nice speed. Then, in the summer, he looked good in our seven-on-seven competitions and he just continued to get better every day.
“I think he has excellent potential, but he’ll have to be a one-hit wonder because this is his first season playing. But he’s played three games and he’s made nice plays in all three games.”
Morgan says it’s his goal to earn a scholarship and join a list of Southeastern products who’ve gone on to star in college and even in the NFL, including the New York Jets’ Bart Scott, Michigan State’s Will Gholston and Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins. “I look at them and I see that it’s possible for me,” Morgan said.
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys and girls athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and sponsored for the third year in a row by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.