Dec. 19, 2007
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown senior kicker Steve Morgan (New Albany, Ohio) has been named the recipient of the prestigious Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The Swede Nelson Award, presented annually since 1946 for outstanding achievement in Academics and Athletics, is the second oldest nationally-originated college football award in the nation, second only to the Heisman Trophy. Morgan will be presented with the award at the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston's 75th Annual College Football Awards night on Thursday, January 10, 2008, at the Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, Mass.
Morgan is the second Brown recipient of the Swede Nelson Award that was first given out 62 years ago. Bears' All-American running back Nick Hartigan earned the award in 2005. Among the previous notable Swede Nelson Award winners are Doak Walker, SMU (1949), Major Don Hollender, Army (1955), Floyd Little, Syracuse (1966), Dick Jauron, Yale (1971), Gordie Lockbaum, Holy Cross (1987), Jay Fiedler, Dartmouth (1992), and Matt Hasselbeck, Boston College (1997).
A three-time first team All-New England and All-Ivy selection, Morgan is the Ivy League's all-time leader in career field goals (52) and career points by a kicker (290 points). Morgan's 52 field goals smashed the previous Ivy mark of 45 career field goals, while his 290 kick-scoring points eclipsed the previous Ivy mark of 229 points. In addition, Morgan's 290 career points are sixth-best in the Ivy League record book for all positions, and second-best in Brown football history.
The Ivy League's Rookie of the Year as a freshman, Morgan connected on 52 of 70 career field goals and 134 of 136 career extra points, including 30 of 30 extra points in 2007. He also averaged 40.1 yards per punt for the Bears this season.
Morgan was also a semi-finalist for the National Football Foundation's Draddy Award, presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in the nation.