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Former Duke LB/SS transferring to Texas Tech

Everything you need to know about Jacob Morgenstern and why Derek Jones was a key role in his commitment

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 13 Duke at Georgia Tech Photo by Austin McAfee/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Jacob Morgenstern is going to play his last season of college football as Red Raider after initially committing to Kent State in March. The wicked fast 6-3, 220 pounder will be an immediate starter in a place you may find surprising: special teams. After earning Duke’s prestigious Bill Keziah Award last season, it’s clear this is what Morgenstern does best. Lined up mainly in kick and punt return situations, Morgenstern’s combination of speed and strength is just ridiculous. At times when Duke was kicking the ball off, he would be 10-15 yards ahead of his teammates also in pursuit of the return man. He once clocked in at 21 MPH in game. Special teams isn’t all Morgenstern wants to do though. He is wanting to compete for a job on offense (TE, WR, HB) or defense (LB, SS). I think Morgenstern would be a good addition to the LB position as he offers such brute strength and pure speed. It’s important to note that Morgenstern played under current Texas Tech Co-DC/DB coach Derek Jones while Jones was at Duke. Coach Jones was likely a key role in Morgenstern flipping his decision from Duke to the Tech. Since Coach Jones is the DB coach, it’s also possible Morgenstern could line up at SS. We’ll see this fall how Coach Jones and Coach Wells decide to utilize the newest talent to join the Red Raiders.