Name: George Morris II...not Jr, not III.
Position: Running back
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
High School: Central Gwinnett
2012 Stats: Sat out for his redshirt year.
2013 Projections: George is third on the depth chart at halfback, but I don't see any way he doesn't get a few touches every game. Jerome Smith is the workhorse and Prince-Tyson Gulley is the change-of-pace back, but Morris has too much raw talent and top-end speed to keep him out for another year.
How'd He Get Here?: Syracuse beat out Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Utah, Vanderbilt and a bunch of mid majors for George's services.
What'd Scout/Rivals Say?: He was a consensus three-star guy.
"Toward the end of the year in bowl practices things started to pick up. I started to see things faster and quicker," Morris said. "It gave me more confidence going into spring ball, knowing I could actually do this. You see things differently, start seeing them before or at the moment. In the start I was just getting the ball and just running, just playing football. I had to learn see who I had to read. At first you go off instincts, but you have to learn who to read, what should be there and when."
Tweets of Wonder: You've gotta love how close the team seems to be:
What Does Shafer Think:
"I saw some promise out of the young running backs (Morris and Devante McFarlane)," Shafer said. "At the same time we have to do a better job protecting the football when we're getting hit at the collegiate level. It's a little different than what they're used to in high school."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: We went YEARS thinking George Morris II was George Morris III. All four recruiting sites, Syracuse.com, SUAthletics' officially roster, ESPN...everyone had an extra George Morris floating in the family somewhere. Since George anticipates a big year for himself, he decided to set the record straight this off-season.
Let Us Get a Good Look Atchya:
Syracuse Orange football RB George Morris, III (via WakeUpCallDT)
Dan Tortora with Syracuse Orange RB George Morris II (via WakeUpCallDT)
George Morris (senior highlights) (via 247SportsStudio)