• John Macon Gillespie

Morphis Makes Waves at Fortius Project

Since his sophomore season Austin Morphis has shown that he has the size and athleticism to be a super star on the gridiron. The last two seasons he has flashed his potential for Pontotoc. In 2017 he will be expected to be the super star he can be if the Warriors are to build on their 13-2 finish last season.

On Saturday Morphis showed just how dominant he can be at the Fortius Project. In front of ICC head coach Sean Cannon, and offensive coordinator Nick Coleman, the 6’3 athlete was able to catch everything thrown his way. Sometimes in traffic of as many as three defenders.

During the 1-on-1 and pass skeleton drills he ran by, around and went up over defensive backs. He wowed his peers of both sides of the ball. In the morning testing he recorded a 4.62 second 40-yard dash, 4.25 second 5-10-5 shuttle and 10’11 broad jump. His performance put him firmly in the discussion to claim the STRONGER award.

“Would have, should have, could have.” Morphis said of nearly winning camp MVP. “It’s alright, I was just there to get better.”

Fans of #themgrapes have to be excited about Morphis’s continued focus on improvement. Though the steps he has taken in the Hollow, for the Warriors, in recent years have already made him a fan favorite. His love of the game is something that has evolved, he says.

“At first, football was just something to do so I could get out of the house, but as time went on I grew to love the game,” Morphis told SES Mississippi. “Now it has become the center of my life. Everything I do is for football.”

“Honestly, without football there’s no telling what I would be into.”

In 2017 Pontotoc head coach Jeff Carter will have plenty of production to replace on both sides of the ball. That includes his son, Jacob, who signed with East Central community college and leading tackler Brandon Hale.

Needless to say, Morphis, along with Gabe Harmon, will be counted on heavily to help the Warriors to get back to the 4A north half title game. Morphis’s versatility should prove to be crucial this fall. In his career he has taken carries in the backfield and played receiver. He should even see time in the defensive backfield.

“My senior year I want to be the best receiver in the state and set some records,” Morphis stated.

It appears Morphis could be in for a wildly successful season based on his performance at the Fortius Project, and the focus and humility he has developed. On Saturday he looked like he could make a claim to be the state’s best pass catcher in 2017. Additionally, his mindset sure seems to be right to put all his talent together for a special season.

#JohnLukeMcCord #Pontotoc

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