After four years on the West Coast, Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan knew it was time to come home.
As the team begins its 2012 training camp and preparations for the upcoming season on Thursday, Morgan, who signed with the Redskins during this past offseason, says that above all, he's excited to be back playing in front of his friends and family.
“It’s kind of surreal and it really hasn’t hit me yet but I just can’t wait,” Morgan says. “I just get wait to get everything started. I hope it doesn't hit me right before the first game because I might start crying or something.”
Morgan, a 5th-year pro who grew up in the District of Columbia, attended H.D. Woodson High. He then starred at Virginia Tech and still ranks as the school's 4th all-time leading receiver. He was then drafted in 2008 by the San Francisco 49ers and spent four seasons with the franchise.
However, when the Redskins came calling this past summer, he initially didn't believe it.
"My agent had to call me back and say, "Josh, what are you doing?" he said. "It's very exciting. Its a blessing. It's a dream come true."
The Redskins aggressively pursued experienced wide receivers during free agency to surround rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III with veteran targets. Besides Morgan, the Redskins also signed former Indianapolis Colt Pierre Garcon to a contract for this season.
2012 will be a comeback season of sorts for Morgan, though, who only played in five games for San Francisco last season after he broke his leg in an Oct. 9 game against Tampa Bay.
"I'm kind of like a caged animal, ready to get out right now and get back on that field and get back to doing what I do," Morgan said.
Before his injury, Morgan was one of the 49ers go-to targets, making 96 receptions in 26 starts for the team in 2009 and 2010. In San Francisco, he caught balls from another developing quarterback, Alex Smith, but now he'll get the challenge of working with another young signal caller.
This one, though, won a Heisman Trophy in 2011.
"I see why they gave up everything they gave up to get (Robert)," Morgan said. "He has definitely been a sight to see everyday in practice."