Remember Kelvin Morris?

When many Clemson football fans hear the name Kelvin Morris, they think of what could have been.

After two rock-solid years in junior college, Morris came to Clemson in 2002 with high expectations. Always a gifted athlete, Morris had his academics in order and was ready to take the ACC by storm. He would go on to have a productive first year, recording 44 total tackles, including three for loss and an interception (against Georgia QB David Greene in the season opener).

At bare minimum, it appeared he was setting himself up for a huge senior season.

Unfortunately, during spring practice the following year, he suffered a devastating knee injury. In a flash, his career at Clemson was over.

Morris eventually decided to transfer to West Georgia College, where he finished his collegiate career in 2005.

After that, he bounced around the NFL for a spell, attending camps with the Panthers, Packers and Redskins, and last year he landed in Arena Football 2 with Spokane (Wash).

He turned in a solid season for the Shock and in 2008, he'll make the jump to the AFL with the Utah Blaze. recently caught up with him from Salt Lake City and here's what he had to say:

It's hard to believe it's been more than five years since you left Clemson. How do you look back on your time there?
Morris: It was fun. It was a great experience. I wish that I could have been there for a little longer but other than that, I had a great time there.

How hard it was for you to get hurt in spring drills as a junior?
Morris: It definitely was tough getting hurt and trying to rehab. I was just trying to stay healthy so that I could come back the next season.

How did you like playing for Coach Bowden?
Morris: I really did. He gives everybody a chance to play. He also made sure everybody was right in school with their academics also.

Last year you played in AF2. What was the biggest adjustment for you to the indoor game?
Morris: It was a little different last year. I was restricted in some of the things that I could do because I was in the box a lot. This year is better because I get to showcase my speed and how well I can roam the field. I get in on a lot more plays this year than I did last year. The speed of the game was the biggest adjustment for me. The indoor game is so much faster than the outdoor game. You have to think a little faster and also react a little faster.

As a senior in 2005 at West Georgia, Kelvin Morris compiled 76 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, one interception and a forced fumble. He was also named Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Year, only the second player in West Georgia to receive this award.

Last year with Spokane, Morris ended the season with 61.5 total tackles. He also led the team with six recovered fumbles and set a franchise record scoring six touchdowns as a defensive player.
Had you even thought about playing indoors before your cousin called you about possibly playing in Spokane?
Morris: No, I was in Green Bay for a workout with the Packers when he called me. He came down to Spokane and was telling me about the AFL because I really didn't know too much about it. I figured that I should give it a shot because I wasn't doing anything at time. I still wanted to play ball, so I didn't want to pass that opportunity up.

What's the biggest difference between the AFL and AF2?
Morris: The quarterbacks are a lot better and more experienced in the AFL compared to the ones in AF2. Everything else is comparable but the quarterbacks here have a lot more experience and get the ball out faster. That makes you have to be able to react that much faster.

Do you think another shot in the NFL is a strong possibility?
Morris: Definitely, a coach from Tampa Bay calls me all the time because he follows me. He told me to just keep doing what I'm doing. He was following me from last year in AF2. He told me that I needed a little more speed. I might need to get a little bigger but I'm pretty content with my weight. I think that I could get a little bigger.

You played quarterback and kicked in high school. Do you ever miss those days?
Morris: I do miss those days a little bit. Playing quarterback then gives me kind of an advantage now because I can read what he's going to do better than some other guys can. I still miss it even though I can't throw as well as I used to but I do still miss it.

What do you feel are the biggest misconceptions that many might have about the AFL?
Morris: People don't realize how big of an adjustment it is. Even though it's not the NFL, they don't think that these guys can compete. A lot of guys from the AFL went to the NFL last year. I play against a lot of NFL guys in this league. Some of them might need to work on a few things but they are still NFL-level players.

What's the biggest difference between the indoor and outdoor game?
Morris: The conditioning is a lot more intense. Since this game is so much faster, you have to be in much better shape. A team can score in seconds in this game and that means you will have to go right back out there on defense. So, you have to be ready to go back out there quickly.

Did that increased conditioning make it tough on you at the start of last year when you came to AF2?
Morris: It kind of was because I was trying to gain weight at the time. I knew that I had to maintain my weight but at the same time, I also had to be in shape. They want you to come into camp heavier than what you're supposed to be because you're going to lose a majority of that weight during camp.

How did you prepare differently for this season in the AFL?
Morris: I worked out a lot before the year and did some medicine ball stuff. Instead of lifting more weights, I did a lot of running on basketball courts and things like that. Playing basketball and just shooting around also helped me out a lot.

Do you think your one year of playing in the ACC has helped prepare you well for playing professionally?
Morris: Yes, the crowds were amazing and that helped me out a lot. It's the same if you're playing in front of 80,000 or 90,000 fans in college or playing in front of 15,000 or 20,000 here because in the AFL, the fans are right up on you and you really hear them. Top Stories