September 26, 2013

Playing Through Pain

Morris turns early injuries into building blocks



"The first practice of seventh grade, I wanted to be a running back," Morris said. "The quarterback we had at the time just wasn't catching on, didn't understand it. So, the first practice I was moved to quarterback, and I was told it would be more of a running thing, almost like two running backs."

While he still may hit the holes created for him by the Chickasha offensive line like a running back, Morris soon found himself performing all of the duties a responsible to a quarterback. With each game, he grew more and more accustomed to throwing in the Chickasha offense, and by the time he was a freshman, the coaches were even prepared to give him a little time on varsity. Sadly, his full Fightin' Chicks debut would have to wait. 

"The first freshmen game of the year was when I messed up my ac joint in my shoulder, so I didn't get to play the rest of that year on either team," Morris said. "That was the first injury I had ever had. It was pretty intense. Luckily it wasn't in my throwing arm. I had range of motion, but it was just the pain. I had surgery on it, and I was out for four months. Then I had to do rehab. That was probably the hardest time I have experienced."

For the full feature on Cade Morris, pick up the Friday, Sept. 27, copy of the Express-Star.

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