During high school, Morgan was popular from his sophomore year to graduation; he confided to Reid that during his freshman year, he got his "ass kicked every day".He went to Northwestern University on a football scholarship and is a honor graduate in Law, holds a black belt in Judo, runs FBI self-defense classes, served in a bomb squad unit, and worked as a Chicago police officer.In season 2 it was stated that he was around age 33, putting his birth year around 1976.
One notable change on the series is the addition of Adam Rodriguez as Luke Alvez."I study guys like you for a living, I know more about you than you know about yourself." Derek Morgan is a former Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit.For a time, he was the acting unit chief of the BAU, taking over as Hotch stepped down temporally.While Penelope used to have a flirty relationship with Derek Morgan, she notably gave Luke Alvez the cold should during the Season 12 premiere.Actress Kirstin Vangsness recently revealed exactly why her character reacted the way she did to the new guy. Cook) were standing outside of Morgan's old office, and Garcia says, 'Whoever takes his place, I am going to hate them.' They are like, 'You don't hate anybody,' and she said, 'You're right, I don't, but that person, I'm going to hate.' Even when they cut a scene out, it informs you.She has stated that after her parents died, she dropped out of the California Institute of Technology, went "underground" but continued to teach herself computer coding, and became a Goth.She had been placed on one of the FBI's lists that concerned a small handful of extremely talented yet dangerous hackers in the world, and the FBI recruited her from there (Penelope).When he left, one of the reasons she got up and went to work in the morning also became moot.It's not fair to new guy Luke Alvez that Penelope only sees him as the dude who took Derek's job, but it does make sense within the context of Penelope being an emotional character on a show filled with logical ones. While we didn't need to see her blanketly state she was going to hate the new guy on principal to understand why she might dislike the new guy, having the context of the scene that was cut is still a nice bonus. It's the sadness that comes from, 'I thought we were always going to be like this.' Then people get married and they have kids, and all of a sudden, the stuff that was so valuable is not there and it's hard.Morgan is shown over the series being flirtatious towards the team's technical analyst Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness). He is shown to be confident and assertive, along with being very protective towards Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), whom he helps to pick up girls.He is the muscle of the team, and usually storms in when a suspect requires apprehending physically.