Syracuse athletic department informed press this morning that Orange running back George Morris will be out multiple weeks with an ankle injury. The severity and longevity of the injury will be revealed within the coming weeks.
Morris has played in 34 out of 36 possible career games. He was expected to be the starting running back last year and, in fact started three games before losing his job to then freshman Jordan Fredericks.
This season Morris figured to contribute to the Orange due to his speed and play-making ability in Syracuse’s new up-tempo offense. However, Morris was listed fourth behind Donte Strickland, Jordan Fredericks, and Moe Neal on the post-spring depth chart. Morris still would’ve seen time on special teams and likely in the backfield too, given Dino Babers’s need to shuffle fresh bodies in.
Last season he rushed for 326 yards on 66 carries, good for 4.9 yards per carry. Morris was also second on the team in special teams tackles with four.
This is a tough break for the senior and his teammates. We wish George a speedy recovery, and hope to hear more soon. In the meantime, the team will have just three scholarship running backs, plus walk-ons Otto Zaccardo and Winston Lee, to take carries.