Fayetteville senior wide receiver Tyson Morris (6-2, 193), the son of former Razorback basketball player Butch Morris and Fayetteville educator Synetra Morris, seemingly caught everything thrown his way.
“I learned a lot today – footwork, where to keep my eyes and how to use my hands,” Morris said on Thursday. “It was a good day overall. There were not many people here today, but I felt like I got to show out.
“It’s all hip work. You’ve got to learn how to turn around and use your eyes.”
He has an offer from UCA and is drawing interest from Arkansas State, Tulsa, Temple and now Aransas after his camp performance.
“They (the Razorbacks) have just started,” Morris said.
Morris, who already has a 28 on his ACT, had 377 yards receiving and three touchdowns last season while playing alongside current Arkansas tight end C.J. O’Grady.
He is expected to be the go-to guy for junior quarterback Taylor Powell this season as evidenced by the pair hooking up for four touchdowns in the spring game.
Powell had 43 touchdowns and no interceptions and Morris 16 touchdown catches as Fayetteville won the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 this summer.
“Taylor has stepped up big-time,” Morris said. “He is going to be a good player for us and he is going to have a good future. I feel like he has learned to spread the ball out and he knows where to go with the football now.”
Fayetteville recently played in the National Select 7-on-7 tournament in Hoover, Ala., and finished 5-4.
“We had a nice go-around in Hoover at the National 7-on-7,” Morris said. “We got put out in the round before the semis. There was a lot of good competition there.”
Fayetteville has played in four of the last five Class 7A state championship games while winning it all in 2012 and 2013.
The Purple Bulldogs, 11-3 last season, are ranked No. 1 in Class 7A this season by Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine and Bentonville No. 2.
A potential conference title game is set up Nov. 6 when the Purple Bulldogs host Bentonville in a rematch of last season’s state title game.
“We have been working hard ever since we lost state last year,” Morris said. “We have learned how to bounce back, how to keep our head up. We are going to take it to everybody.”
“We are going to try and get to it,” Morris said. “We are going to try our best. We are out here working. We have got a team full of Bulldogs and we are just ready to get after it.”
Bentonville won last season’s title game match-up 24-21 at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium.
“It’s the rivalry,” Morris said. “I haven’t beat them since I moved here and I just want to get at them. I feel like this year will be the year.”