Chad Morris discusses Ty Storey's decision to seek transfer from Arkansas
Arkansas didn’t find much success on the offensive side of the ball in the first year under Chad Morris but the Razorback offense appeared to be running best with Ty Storey under center in 2018.
While Arkansas has not been shy about its pursuit of an upgrade at the position, whether that’s via recruiting or the transfer market, it was interesting to hear that Storey had entered into the NCAA transfer portal. The Razorbacks are likely to continue to explore all their options under center but Story appeared to have as good of an opportunity next fall in Fayetteville than any player at the moment.
Now that he’s in the NCAA’s transfer portal, it doesn’t appear Arkansas expect Storey to return to the program in 2019. During a recent appearance on Fayetteville-based KQSM-FM 92.1 program “The Red Zone” hosted by Josh Bertaccini, Morris was asked to share his thoughts on Storey’s decision and status of Arkansas’ QB room entering 2019.
“Ty came in and we had a long talk and visit. He expressed to me that he wants to go somewhere and play, and I understand those things,” Morris said on The Red Zone program. “That’s great. You’re in that role of a quarterback, and that’s a unique position. I’ve been around it my entire life.”
“We got a plan. We’re out on the road recruiting, and will be — there are options that we have.”
Morris’ comments suggested he did not anticipate Storey making a return, as players are able to enter the NCAA transfer portal without ultimately leaving the program. If and when Storey does leave, where does that leave the Razorbacks in terms of QB play? Morris did not sound concerned regarding that scenario.
“We’re excited about the guys we have on our roster right now, with (2019 signee) KJ (Jefferson) coming in. We’ve got John Stephen Jones, we’ve got Connor Noland. We’re excited about those guys. Daulton Hyatt is in. So we’ve got to develop guys that we have on our roster, and we’re always in a quarterback market, always looking.”
Following this interview, Nikki Chavanelle of HawgBeat.com reports that SMU graduate transfer quarterback Ben Hicks will visit Fayetteville leading up to spring practice. If Hicks and Arkansas decide the fit is right, Morris’ former QB at SMU could enroll in time for spring practice in Fayetteville.
While Morris didn’t mention Hicks during the interview, it would appear he was being truthful when he conveyed his confidence that everything would be alright at the QB position in Fayetteville come 2019 — whether that includes any player currently on his roster or not.