George Morris Ready to Make an Impact

George Morris announced himself to Syracuse fans as a budding star during the spring game. That buzz hasn't died down during the fall. Now he is poised to show his talent on a national stage. Morris discusses his role for the upcoming season, differences between the two coaching staffs and more inside.

When the depth chart for the Penn State game came out, one of Syracuse's kick returners was backup running back George Morris. While it may be a role most fans did not envision when call camp started, it's one the redshirt freshman feels can take advantage of his skills.

"I've been doing a lot of work as the kick returner," Morris said. "I think I've done a good job returning them. I did it in high school and this year I've been getting more comfortable with it. The reps each day is getting me more comfortable with it every day. I feel very comfortable with it now."

But that won't be the only role Morris plays for Syracuse in 2013. Offensive coordinator George Morris wants to get Morris plenty of touches despite the talent ahead of him at running back.

"Just when he gives me the ball to make the most of it," Morris said. "Make a play and be a playmaker. They're going to try to get me the ball in space and let me do my thing."

Making Morris' job easier is the play of the Orange offensive line. While they have lost two talented players up front, Morris believes the group is coming together and is posited for a big season.

"They look real solid," Morris said. "They look good to me. They're coming to together and building off the leadership of Macky (MacPherson) and Sean Hickey. I expect them to have a good season."

With his second coaching staff in as many years, the talented Morris has noticed some differences between the two.

"I would just say the interaction with the players," Morris said. "Breaking down things more and making sure you understand what the concept is. Coach (DeAndre) Smith teaches me the little things. He helps to get the most out of my talent. He's a good coach."

As the Orange inch closer to the first kickoff of the season, Morris says the team is ready to prove that Syracuse football is back.

"The whole team's excited," Morris said. "We're all ready. We're anxious to get out there and show what we can do. I know my teammates are ready. I'm just ready to go out there and contribute for my team any way I can."

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