August 26, 2009

Morris ready for his senior season

The goal for James Morris and the Solon Spartans is simple; take care of business each week. Morris and his teammates have done just that in two years, winning 27 straight games. The future Hawkeye kicks off his senior season on Friday night and after a summer of preparations, he feels that he and his teammates are ready to defend their state championship.

"We were working out three times a week this summer with weightlifting and training," Morris said. "Practices have been going pretty well. Our early practices were great and then things kind of slowed down and we put the helmets on with full pads and it really slowed down. The coaches got us fired up and pushed us a bit. This week we really started to pick it up in practice and we had a great practice tonight."

With Morris helping to lead the way, Solon has won the 2A State title the past two years. While the goal is another state title this year, Morris and his teammates take it week to week.

"We don't really worry about the streak. We just worry about winning games. If we take care of business every week the streak will go on. We just prepare week to week to win. I think we are ready for Mt. Vernon on Friday night."

Morris, who was the first prospect to commit to the Hawkeyes in the Class of 2010, has kept in touch with some of his future teammates at Iowa as they prepare for their senior season.

"I talk to Matt (Hoch) and Brandon (Scherff) and Austin (Gray) the most. I also talk to Jim Poggi, since he will be playing linebacker. It sounds like everyone is doing well, improving, and ready for their senior year," said Morris.

The 6-foot-2 and 215 pound linebacker recently made the short drive over to Kinnick Stadium for the Kids Day Practice and as usual, he was not only visiting, but learning.

"It was good to watch practice. That was the first practice that I had seen this fall and I picked up a few things that I need to continue to work on by watching their linebackers."

At the practice, Morris was joined by his young brother, Jake, who will be a sophomore this year and is starting to create a little bit of buzz of his own with the Spartans.

"Jake isn't on the varsity now, but he probably could be," said his older brother. "With our depth, we probably don't need to pull him up yet, but he is a real good player and a bit of a late bloomer. He is playing tackle right now on the JV, but I think he has a future at tight end. He is a good athlete, really good hands, and a great frame."

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