December 9, 2013

Q&A with Tulane center Zach Morgan

Center Zach Morgan was supposed to have his senior year at Tulane last season, but a freak shoulder injury forced him to redshirt and allowed to him return in 2013 for what turned out to be the most successful year for the Green Wave since 2002. As Tulane started preparing for Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl, Morgan talked with The Wave Report about his fortune and his feeling about why the Wave won more than it lost. The only think he would not talk about was the leg injury (coach Curtis Johnson said he had ankle and knee issues) that forced him to sit out the Rice game.

It didn't seem like it at the time, but do you feel fortunate that you had a season-ending injury before the 2012 season started, giving you a chance to be on the team in 2013?

"Absolutely. Back then it was hard to see the benefits in all of it, and it was hard watching through the season, but I realized at the end of the season it really was a blessing in disguise that I got to be here for the second year with the coaches. I got to be with my best friends and my family a whole another year."

When did you get a sense this year would be different?

"Probably after the season last year and the way that we went about our business through the offseason training and the summer really started solidifying that we had a different attitude the way we were approaching the season."

What exactly was the difference?

"The difference mainly was the way we took it upon ourselves to police ourselves and get up here Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and do extra work other than our allotted time of workouts in the morning. We really focuses on getting the younger guys up here and accelerating the learning curve for them so whenever camp got here, they already knew half or most of the playbook.

"That was the big difference for me. Chris Taylor, for example, I spent a lot of time with him and the freshman offensive linemen, teaching them the plays. I got into camp and they already knew the calls. I was like, dang, I wish I knew it like they knew it when I was a freshman."

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