February 18, 2013

Morrison Hoping to Fit a Need At OL

Purely in terms of the atmosphere, Jackson Morrison picked the right Missouri football game to attend last season.

"That Georgia game was pretty insane," Morrison said. "80,000 fans was pretty awesome."

The 6'2'', 275-pound offensive lineman said he attended the game specifically because it was the Tigers' Southeastern Conference debut. Morrison also made road trips from his hometown of Maryville, Mo., to Columbia for the Vanderbilt and Alabama games. All three resulted in losses, but it didn't send him running away from his state school.

"Hopefully, I can get that offer soon, because I really like the school," Morrison said. "I know a lot of people from my high school down there, and I like the idea of being around all my friends at Mizzou."

Morrison will visit MU this spring for Junior Day, and he's already taken trips to Illinois and Tulsa for their junior events. He's planning to make a stop at Iowa State, too, as well as Kansas this weekend.

Morrison saw the Tigers' offensive line needs first-hand during the 2012 season. He saw the injuries. Saw the revolving door of players at each position.

That's why he's confident the coaching staff will give him a look.

"Bruce Walker told us that he needs to sign five linemen next year," Morrison said. "That's a really good sign for me."

Morrison said he knows he probably doesn't have the size to blossom into a Division I tackle, so he's gearing up to play guard or center at the next level.

"I kind of pride myself on being physical," Morrison said. "I've got to work on pass blocking a little bit, but run blocking is a strength of mine. I like to think I can blow guys off the ball."

That's a skill Missouri's coaching staff will surely keep an eye on.

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