October 6, 2011

Morris ready for the national spotlight

Quarterback Alec Morris, a 2012 commitment to the University of Alabama, has a chance to show the nation he has what it takes to play in the SEC tonight when Allen High School takes on region foe Plano East in a game being nationally televised by ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

Morris has certainly looked the part of a top quarterback recruit, throwing for 1,357 yards and 19 touchdowns through five games and leading the Eagles to an undefeated record.

Despite his stellar season and the opportunity to play in front of millions of people tonight, the Lone Star signal caller is keeping his composure and focusing on coming away with a victory.

"I've never really been into the whole 'national spotlight' stuff," Morris said. "I'm only worried about playing a good game and helping my team get a win."

That humble attitude is something Morris and his teammates have acquired from the many high-profile games that come with playing at the top level in the state of Texas, according to Allen offensive coordinator Jeff Fleener.

"This may be our first time to play on national TV, but we are used to being in the public eye," Fleener said. "We played in front of 20,000 people at SMU earlier this year."

Morris echoed his coach's sentiments.

"We played in Cowboy stadium last year, and it doesn't get much bigger than that in Texas," he said. "We may be playing on national TV, but it's just another game."

Even though he is focused on leading his team to victory, Morris said he is excited his soon-to-be fan base will get a chance to see him play tonight.

"Alabama people probably haven't really seen me play, so I'm really excited for the fans to get a chance to see my team play." Morris said. "I've only really had contact with them on Facebook and Twitter, but they have been great to me."

Morris was a relatively unknown recruit before he committed to the Crimson Tide in early August, but he's been making a name for himself this season and has a chance to show off his talents to the nation tonight.

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