Soul welcomes back Morgan

Posted: May 25, 2012

IT WAS A LITTLE noisier at Soul practice on Wednesday morning and the coaches couldn't have been happier.

Wide receiver Donovan Morgan was back for his first day of on-field work since fracturing his left wrist on April 1.

"Sitting out was very difficult," said Morgan, who chatted up and encouraged teammates as usual during Wednesday's preparations. "It was like seeing your troops go to battle and you're not able to go out on the front lines and be there with them. I'm one of those guys that wants to be on the front lines with my troops and lead the way. Sitting on the sidelines was killing me."

Morgan, a team captain, had 23 catches and eight TDs in two-plus games before getting injured. Emery Sammons came off the bench and did a fine job in Morgan's place with 44 catches in seven games.

Morgan's ebullience nearly matches his talent.

"Every player has a personality, and he's quite unique," coach Doug Plank said. "There's no other Donovan Morgans out here. He brings a presence and having him out here today was certainly noticeable."

Morgan's return comes at an opportune time for the Soul (7-3), which plays a crucial divisional game at Cleveland (6-3) on Sunday. The Soul holds a half-game lead over the Gladiators in the East Division, but Cleveland owns the tiebreaker by virtue of an earlier win. The Glads have won three in a row, while the Soul has lost two of three.

"Last week was a tough loss and I think I need to get back out there and give the team the spark we are looking for," Morgan said. "I like to think of myself as the energy drink that everyone puts in their water. I fizz up their drink a little bit and we get it going."

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