DURHAM, N.C. – Duke football standout Bryan Morgan was named the recipient of the University Scholar Athlete award by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc., on Tuesday night at the Bill Dooley Triangle East Chapter of North Carolina annual awards dinner held on the University of North Carolina campus.
Morgan, who served as a team captain in 2010, played in 47 career games while starting all 36 games at center over the past three seasons. On the field for 2,904 snaps during his tenure, Morgan served as the anchor of Duke’s offensive line in 2010 as the Blue Devils ranked third in the ACC in sacks allowed per passing attempt.
A native of Hoover, Ala., Morgan helped provide time for quarterback Sean Renfree, who became just the fourth player in school history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season, while aided in Duke’s enhanced rushing attack that showed marked improvement in yards per game (+46.5), yards per attempt (+1.2) and total rushing touchdowns (+13).
Named to the 2010 AFCA Good Works Team for his community service contributions, Morgan will graduate from Duke next month with a degree in music.
Other recipients of the 2011 award included Matt Milner (East Carolina), Justin Campbell (N.C. Central), Mike Maurer (N.C. State) and Michael Ingersoll (North Carolina).
Past Duke winners of the University Scholar Athlete honor include Lennie Friedman (1999), Sims Lenhardt (2000), Spencer Romine (2001), Ben Erdeljac (2002), Jaymon Small (2003), Chris Douglas (2004), Giuseppe Aguanno (2005), Brendan Dewan (2006), Eli Nichols (2007), Patrick Bailey (2008), Ryan Wood (2009), Brett Huffman (2010) and Vincent Rey (2010).