44 Days to Miami Football: Dan Morgan All-time leading tackler

7 Oct 2000: .Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport
7 Oct 2000: .Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport /

Linebacker Dan Morgan holds the Miami football record for tackles in a career with 532 from 1997-2000. Morgan is currently the Director of player personnel for the Buffalo Bills.

Linebacker Dan Morgan is one of the greatest players in the history of the Miami football program. Morgan recorded 532 tackles from 1997-2000 to set the Hurricanes career record. Morgan holds two of the top seven seasons in Miami history with 150 tackles as a sophomore in 1998 and 138 as a senior in 2000.

Morgan was a key part of Butch Davis and the resurgence of the Miami football program in the late 1990s. Miami improved each season with Morgan on the roster. The Hurricanes were 5-6 in Morgan’s freshman season in 1997 and improved to 9-3. 9-4 and 11-1 from 1998-2000. Miami ended the 2000 season second nationally.

Morgan signed with Miami as a fullback in 1997 and moved to LB less than a week before the season opener in 1997. During his senior season in which Miami missed out on a spot in the BCS National Championship Game at what is now known as Hard Rock Stadium, Morgan earned a lot of hardware.

Morgan was named a Unanimous All-American, First-team All-Big East 2000 the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, the Dick Butkus Award winner as the best LB in college football, and received the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award as the best defensive player in college football.

Morgan was named first-team All-Big East three times in his career. As a sophomore, Morgan was named second-team All-Big East despite playing most of the season with a broken thumb. Following his illustrious career with Miami, Morgan was the 11th pick overall in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

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Morgan spent his entire seven-year NFL playing career with Carolina. In Superbowl XXXVIII Morgan had 18 tackles in a last-second loss to the New England Patriots. Morgan was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and has been the Director of player personnel for the Buffalo Bills since 2018.