The redshirt freshman comes into his first year of playing time with high expectations.
For the last time, it’s George Morris the SECOND. We’re only six weeks away from Syracuse’s season opener against Penn State so let’s get his bloodlines in order. The redshirt freshman running back is poised for a solid season behind leaders Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley and Morris is on the campaign trail to educate Orange Nation.
Throughout his recruitment in ’12 and while playing football down in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Orange fans were excited to be landing a big bruising tailback, with great speed. He attracted offers from solid BCS programs like Vanderbilt, Illinois, and Purdue. He told The Fizz after signing his letter of intent he would go down in the Syracuse record books.
“I feel that I am an every down back. I feel that I can go between the tackles or beat you outside or line me up and motion me out and catch the ball. I expect myself to be one of the best tailbacks to come out of Syracuse.”
But somewhere along the lines he became George Morris III. It was spelled that way even on his SU Athletics bio page (which has since been changed). His twitter handle used to read @Geoo27Morris, but now it’s @GMII27 to help clarify. Morris redshirted last year, so he didn’t have a chance to step into the spotlight of the Carrier Dome. But the Georgia native expects to be a crucial part of the Orange offense, and it was time to speak up. Morris told The Fizz on Twitter he wants everyone to know the correct name this summer.
“I just want to make sure it gets right before the season starts”
He joins a running back fraternity at SU that will be a huge part of the inaugural season in the ACC. The Quartet in the backfield do everything together on and off the field, which keeps everyone close, and fosters competition.
“I love working with [Prince] Tyson and Jerome [Smith]. They’re my brothers and like role models for me, they help me break things down and they teach me a lot. I love hanging with them on and off the field because we’re a tight nit group and we stick together no matter what even though it’s a competition at the end of the day, we’re there for each other.”
The ground game is going to be enormous for the Orange as it breaks in a first year QB in a much tougher conference. But if he learns from his veteran teammates and shows the talent that got him to the Hill, Morris won’t have to worry about fans getting his name right. He will have already made a name for himself.
Posted: Kevin Fitzgerald