WV’s Morrow accepts Faulkner gridiron offer
by SARALYN NORKUS Banner Sports Writer
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COLTON MORROW will go from being a Walker Valley Mustang to a Faulkner University Eagle next football season. Morrow signed with the university this past Thursday. Seated, from left, are Cayleigh Morrow, Diana Morrow, Colton Morrow and Bryan Morrow. Standing, from left, are Walker Valley principal Danny Coggin, head football coach Glen Ryan and athletic director Mike Turner. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
COLTON MORROW will go from being a Walker Valley Mustang to a Faulkner University Eagle next football season. Morrow signed with the university this past Thursday. Seated, from left, are Cayleigh Morrow, Diana Morrow, Colton Morrow and Bryan Morrow. Standing, from left, are Walker Valley principal Danny Coggin, head football coach Glen Ryan and athletic director Mike Turner. Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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Colton Morrow’s on and off the field performance during his time at Walker Valley was more than enough to attract attention from various collegiate football teams, but in the end the senior jack of all trades receiver decided to sign with Faulkner University, a NAIA school in Montgomery, Ala.

“Last Thursday, we went down and visited the campus and talked to the coaches. I felt at home and really enjoyed the coaches, the program and the atmosphere,” Morrow explained. “I like the smaller campuses better and feel that I could learn better in that environment. You’re not just a number, and the professors actually care.”

As of now, Morrow plans to major in biology and aspires to have a career in sports medicine.

The Eagles have signed the Walker Valley senior as a receiver, and Morrow hopes to be able to come in and make an impact.

“They run an air raid kind of offense, so they spread the ball out. They recruited me for a receiver, so I’m hoping to come in and give them some good looks,” Morrow said.

Faulkner’s football program was established in 2007 and is in the Mid-South conference of the NAIA.

In their 2013 season, which was the second under head coach Brent Barker, the Eagles were 9-3 overall and 4-1 in conference action.

Barker took over the struggling program in 2012, inheriting an overall record of 10-41. In Barker’s first year, Faulkner had their first winning season, going 6-5 overall.

Mustang head coach Glen Ryan has no doubts about Morrow’s future with Faulkner.

“I think Colton will do a great job for them down there. He’s a first class young man who comes from a great family and has been one of our leaders from day one,” Ryan proclaimed. “He had a great year this year, was all district and was selected to play on the Tennessee team at the Tennessee/Kentucky Border Bowl. You can put him anywhere, and he will excel. He’ll work hard and do what he needs to do to be good. I think he has a real bright future ahead of him.”

During the 2013 season, Morrow held a number of different roles for the Mustangs.

In 62 runs, he had a total of 226 yards and three touchdowns and also had 14 receptions for a total of 313 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 22.4 yards per reception.

Defensively, Morrow had a total of 20 solo tackles and 40 assisted tackles.

“Every game, he stepped up somewhere, whether it was on the defensive side or offensive side,” Ryan said. “He made some great catches for us offensively and made great plays defensively. Just about every game at one point or another he made a critical play for us.”

No matter the outcome on the field, Morrow’s favorite football memories were those made with the team.

“Really, my favorite memories were running out of the tunnel with my teammates on Friday nights and seeing the crowd no matter what the score was the previous week or what our record was,” Morrow reflected. “I want to thank my teammates and coaches because I wouldn’t be anything football wise without them. I also am thankful to my parents, grandparents and other family members for always supporting me.”