Desert Ridge QB Tarek Morrison’s availability for start of season unknown
Desert Ridge quarterback Tarek Morrison is still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in last year’s playoffs, and his availability for the start of the season is up in the air, coach Jeremy Hathcock said.
Morrison ran for 1,404 yards and passed for 861 more last season as a sophomore, accumulating 27 touchdowns in the process. He was injured in a 14-7 quarterfinal win over Avondale Westview on Nov. 9. He is a little less than nine months removed from surgery.
“It’s one of those things where we won’t know if he will play now or wait until the middle of the year,” Hathcock said. “I don’t know of any QB out there, when healthy, who is a better dual-threat guy than him. But he’s got to be healthy.”
Hathcock’s son, Alec, was the junior varsity quarterback a year ago. While he’s better-suited for fullback, Alec may take over as the starter if Morrison is on the sidelines to start the year. Sophomore Tate Shumway is another option if he can grasp the offense quickly enough.
Desert Ridge starts the season on Aug. 31 against California powerhouse Gardena Serra. Serra is ranked as the No. 4 team in the country by Maxpreps.com’s computer rankings and boasts double-digit players with scholarship offers.