When scouts talk about a quarterback recruit, oftentimes they focus on the physical traits and measurables – like how fast is a guy, how big is he, how hard he throws. One thing that cannot be measured from film or at one day camps is a player’s leadership skills and character.
These two items are what the Ball State Football Coaching staff talks the most about when speaking about 2014 QB commit David Morrison. Sure, Morrison has a solid arm and footwork to go with it, but far and away what has impressed the coaches the most is his leadership ability and his ability to make his teammates better around him. Case in point: his senior year at Fort Wayne Concordia, a school that has had only 2 winning seasons in the past 20 years, Morrison led Concordia to a 9-4 mark and a sectional title, its first since 2007.
Of course, there are also the athletic things to talk about with Morrison; the 6-2 180 QB threw for 3,412 yards and 29 touchdowns while completing 63% of his passes as a senior.
Strengths: As mentioned above, Morrison is a natural leader. He enrolled early and has been able to hit the weight room and bond with his new teammates. Morrison is also noted as an accurate passer with a above average arm. He was able to connect on 63% of his passes as a senior despite not having the best receiving corps.
What to Work On: As with every freshman, the speed of the game will be an issue. Morrison is already getting a head start by enrolling early which means reps in spring practice, extra time learning the playbook and coveted time in the weight room with strength and conditioning guru Dave Feeley.
What to Expect Right Away: Morrison will have a chance to compete for a starting nod with a handful of returning backups in Ozzie Mann, Kyle Kamman and Jack Milas. My guess though will be a redshirt campaign for David in his first season in Muncie.