Q & A With Evan Morgan
Oct. 1, 2009
How is it to be back on the field after missing two years with injury?
Playing once again in practices and games without any restrictions or precautions is deeply satisfying as the commitment to all the hard work and rehabilitation has now been realized. Now when I am on the field, I am able to forget about the obstacles I faced over the past two years and just immerse myself in the comradery of the team and elegance of the beautiful game.
What did you learn from sitting out?
For one, I learned that I would much rather be out on the pitch with all the boyz kickin' it to the bone than improving my cheerleading skillz from the sideline. On a serious note, I learned how difficult it can be accepting an alternate and incidental role within the team. Although I felt as if I were on the periphery for much of training exercises as a result of not being able to participate, I think I was able to develop more of a mentoring role, providing guidance as a confidant for others going through difficult situations.
What has been the difference with the success of the team this year as compared to last year?
The successes of this season cannot be attributed to any one particular change within the program. The guys on the team have shown great dedication on the field and off with their willingness to address obstacles that stand in the way of collective success. Their acceptance of roles benefitting the team has provided the opportunities that now lie ahead of us. Furthermore, the coaching staff has done an unprecidented job at preparing us for the opportunity for success.
How far do you think this team can go?
I do not think there are limits to the success we can achieve as a team. We have the potential to be the best in the nation and that enormous potential was one of the primary motivating factors inspiring me throughout the rehabilitation process.
Does the game against Cal take on extra significance as the 'rival'?
Although Cal is our archrival, there is still much respect among each program for the opposing team's eminence. That being said, there is no more important nor passionate game during the regular season than that against Cal. The fact that this is our first Pac-10 game of the season and a chance to prolong our winning streak only adds to the criticality of this rivalry.
What are you studying and what are your plans after you graduate?
Finishing graduate studies in Economic Sociology and developing/networking/creating as many opportunities as possible for life after graduation, but as of now, nothing is certain.