Joe Morrow is finally healthy and ready to put it all together.
Entering spring, Mississippi State’s main objective was to identify receivers who could replace the production from Chad Bumphis, Chris Smith and Arcedo Clark, who combined for 141 catches in 2012. Robert Johnson and Jameon Lewis were the obvious choices – both return a combined 27 catches last year, but sophomore Joe Morrow could emerge as the top option for quarterback Tyler Russell.
The Ocean Springs, Mississippi native entered MSU as a three-star prospect and one of the top players in the state in 2011. He has big-time ability tapped in his 6-4, 210-pound frame.
Morrow was supposed to become a big-play threat last year, but he was hampered by injuries and caught just five passes. Now, he looks to be one of the top contributors for the offense, and he’s one of the top breakout candidates in the SEC for 2013, via DJournal.
“Being in the one spot, it’s a good thing. That means (the coaches) really trust you,” he said. “I’ve just got to do my part, make sure they believe in me, and hopefully we’ll have a good spring and a good season.
“I’ve bought into the program a little bit more,” he said. “I’m more into the playbook, I’m more into trying to get my teammates involved. It’s way more emotion to it.”
Morrow has all the goods – size, speed and hands – you would want in any receiver; he just has to stay healthy and put it all together. He can go across the middle and make the big catch in traffic, and he could develop into one of the more prominent receivers who can stretch any defense.
Along with Morrow, Robert Johnson and Jameon Lewis are penciled in as the starters in Dan Mullen’s spread attack, and it’s now their time to provide a solid receiving cast for Russell and the offense, better than their predecessors in 2012.
“They’re it, they’re the starters now. So they have to perform and produce,” head coach Dan Mullen said.
Of Mississippi State’s 249 completions, Bumphis, Clark, Smith and Marcus Green provided more than 64 percent of the production. All four players leave notable vacancies on the roster.
However, with Morrow emerging as a playmaker for the Bulldogs, the receiving corps could get an upgrade in 2013.
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