Pennsylvania Linebacker Trevor Morris Previews Rutgers against Penn State

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Trevor Morris of Malvern, Pa. has friendships in his home state, but puts them aside Saturday when Rutgers hosts the Nittany Lions. A first-year starting linebacker, Morris explains playing through pain this season and what he needs to do to be better as Rutgers' leading tackler.

Rutgers linebacker Trevor Morris on playing Penn State...

It feels good. There's a little rivalry, they're from PA. I'm from PA. It's going to be a fun game. I know we're going to prepare well. I'm just ready. It's a night game, so we're trying to send all of the seniors out on their last home game with a good bang.”

Relationships with Penn State players...

I know a couple of dudes. John Reid, he's one of the dudes I used to play against all through high school. My boy Jake Cooper, he was playing a little bit too. I know he messed up his shoulder, but I've been talking to him every now and then. My boy Ryan Buchholz is on their line at D End. I've been talking to them. … [Saquon Barkley] will be a PA matchup. He's a great back. He has a good line in front of him. I've got a good defensive line. It should be a great matchup.”

On how his body feels...

Physically, it's there but they prepare us well. They get us good. We have a lot of times where they get our shoulders and bodies right. You know. … [The trainers] are always telling me, 'hey Trev, if you need any extra stuff.' Little things like massages or just coming in with little tweaks and bruises. They get you right. They make sure between that Monday and that Saturday, I'm good. I'm able to run again and whatnot.”

On how he felt after the bye week...

Rest and sleep a little bit, definitely [refreshed].”

What he learned this season...

For me and myself, how to become a better linebacker. Trusting your eyes, being able to just shoot gaps, playing off blocks and stuff. The big thing is just trust, trusting your teammates around you and we go from there.”

On loss to Michigan State...

It's one of those games. It's just like boxing. Sometimes you take a lot of punches and you don't come out with the [win] but at the end of the day, you can still learn from that. There's another route to get better and show people that we can really be a force to be reckoned with when everybody is on their A-game. Come back and do what we do best.”

On what he needs to do to stay a starter...

Consistency. Always doing my job. Always being able to help make plays. Do my job basically.”


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