Player profile: Richard Morrison

Player profile: Richard Morrison

Richard Morrison will likely see a new role next season. Read on to see what to expect, how he will be used, and more.

Richard Morrison has been a player who has been productive at times for the Arizona Wildcats during his first two years of college football action, but it has yet to come on a consistent basis.

Recruited as a quarterback but later moved to wide receiver by the previous coaching staff, Morrison saw his role change early. However, it also opened the door for more opportunity to see the field.

When Rich Rodriguez took over the head coaching duties at UA, there were certain players from the previous regime that would seemingly benefit from the transition.

One such player is Morrison, who possesses the ability to do a variety of things on the gridiron and can be a key contributor in the system the new staff runs.

With the lack of quarterback experience on the roster, Morrison has seen time under center as well as at wideout during off-season practice sessions.

The results were inconsistent as a signal-caller, but his arm and athleticism make him an option if, somehow, the depth chart becomes depleted.

Where Morrison is likely to contribute the most is at receiver and he should also provide quarterback Matt Scott a target he can use all over the field.

In two seasons, the junior has totaled 41 receptions for 384 yards and two touchdowns. Morrison hasn't factored into the rushing game - carrying the ball just once in two seasons - and he probably won't make an impact running the ball under Rodriguez either, but he has the tools to do a little more than the average receiver.

Morrison's ability to throw the ball is an intriguing factor given that Rodriguez doesn't always take the most traditional approach in his attack.

While it highly unlikely that Morrison will ever line up under center during a real game, the chances of him making a throw here and there wouldn't be surprising at all.

As a receiver, Morrison can stretch the field as well as make plays with the ball in his hands. Look for the coaching staff to get Morrison the ball in space so he can create with his footwork, but his speed can also make him a target down field.

Morrison has compiled an average of under 10 yards per reception over his previous two years, but he wasn't always given consistent opportunities nor was he hardly ever in a situation that suited his skill set.

Under the new staff, look for Morrison's role to be tweaked in order to gain the most out of his natural talent.

In now his third year of action, Morrison has an opportunity to really elevate his game. The new staff, system and playbook should give him the chance to shine in his final two seasons of college football.

It won't be easy task for Morrison, who is sure to be challenged by younger talent on the roster, but he has been very active this off-season and seems to fit into the staff's future plans.

If he is able to grasp the offense and learn the various ways he can contribute, Morrison could be one of several players who surprises in their first year under the new regime at UA.

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