JC running back verbals

The men in black received their first junior college verbal Thursday when running back Morris Milton informed Mike Riley and his staff he would like to play for them next year.

The 5-foot-10, 200-pound player from Shasta College is a quick, athletic back who shares the backfield with T.J. Smith and his high school teammate, fullback Beau McCoy.

The Knights are 3-3 after starting the season with three consecutive wins and a national ranking in the California Community College poll. But the season quickly changed as they lost their last three, their national ranking, and Milton for two games.

Milton suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter of the third game of the season sidelining him for the rest of the game. As a result of his injury, Milton missed the next two games, both losses for the Knights.

The California native returned for the sixth game of the season running for a season high 69 yards on 16 carries, but Shasta lost 47-10 to No. 3 Santa Rosa.

After the shellacking Milton said, "Their defense wasn't that good. Sac City and definitely Butte was better. But whenever we got into those last 20 yards, we seemed to turn the ball over."

In 2002 Milton rushed 96 times for 419 yards and three touchdowns. Twice he topped the 100-yard mark.

He also runs track and field for the Knights participating in the long jump and 100-meter dash.

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