April 11, 2012

Morrow wants to make an impact

Down the stretch last season Mississippi State could have used a big target like Joe Morrow in its passing attack.

And Morrow was ready to contribute.

But the decision was made to redshirt the 6-foot-4, 205-pound wideout and now the Bulldogs are looking forward to debuting their new weapon in their offensive arsenal.

"Joe's a guy that if you had five years of eligibility would have played last year," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "He was ready to play by about week eight or nine of the season and could have played a bunch for us. You don't want to use a kid's year that late in the season. We expect a lot of big things out of him and he knows that and wants to play. I think you're going to see him have a big spring."

Naturally, Morrow too wanted to be on the field contributing last season. But now looking back on his redshirt year, Morrow is glad to have went through that process and still have four years remaining for the future.

"It helped me a lot because I got to learn the plays and getting with the system, program and speed of the game," Morrow said. "At first it's kind of upsetting when you say you're redshirting but now that you really think about it it's going to help you in the long run."

The Ocean Springs, Miss., native found out quickly after arriving at Mississippi State last summer that things were not the same in the Southeastern Conference as they were in high school where he could use his unique size to dominate smaller defenders.

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