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Morrow gives MSU football potential for the big play

March 25, 2012

Joe Morrow catches a pass during MSU spring practice. (Photo by Michael Wardlaw, SDN)

Sports is all about the big plays.

They give teams momentum and fans reasons to cheer.

In baseball, it’s a home run. On the hardwood, it’s a 3-point bucket. In football, nothing gets things going like the deep ball.

This season the Bulldogs feel they have the guy on their roster who can make the “big play” a regular occurrence on offense.

Since the day Joe Morrow stepped onto the MSU campus, fans, coaches, and fellow players have talked of his playmaking ability.

Offensive coordinator Les Keonning has the saying that even when Morrow’s covered he’s still open.

After sitting out his redshirt season in 2011, the Ocean Springs native is ready to add to the offensive fire power.

“It helped me a lot because I got to learn the plays, the system, the program and the speed of the game,” Morrow said following his second practice of the spring. “At first, it is kind of upsetting when they say you’re redshirting but now that you really think about it, it is really going to help in the long run.”

Morrow realized early on that hard work and repetition is what it would take to be successful and he gives thanks to the veterans he’s been able to follow.

“Since I made it up here the older guys have been helping me with the playbook,” Morrow said. “We will come out here in our off time and just throw the ball around. They’ve been out here teaching me and I’m catching on pretty well. It should be a fun fall.”

The talented wide receiver knows he brings something unique to the MSU offense, size.

At 6-4, 205 pounds, he provides a big target for his quarterbacks to find.

“I’ll tell (Tyler Russell) when he gets in trouble he knows who to look for, I gotcha,” said a smiling Morrow.

Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen also likes what he sees in Morrow and wishes he had more of it.

“I do think he is different for us in his size and his speed that we haven’t had,” Mullen said. “I wish we had a couple more bigger receivers to go stretch the field.”

Like any aspiring young athlete, Morrow regularly watches film of himself and others in order to find ways to improve his skill set.

“Whenever I’m in the dorm room sitting around, I watch videos or Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, seeing how they use their body,” Morrow said. “I try to mimic them and make my game like their game.”

While some may draw the comparison to other physical receivers, Morrow is quick to tell you he’s not there yet.

“I’m no “Megatron” yet, but maybe one day I’ll get there," Morrow said.

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