With just 2 games left in the 2019 season, Redblacks fans are left with close to nothing to cheer about, although it has been a good learning year! In the past few seasons, Ottawa has been spoiled with 3 Grey Cup appearances, and this season was much needed for the city.
Although it may not seem very nice when you look at a 3-13 record, there has been multiple bright spots within the team this season. One of which would be the team’s depth. This season, the Redblacks have struggled with injuries. The team lost many big pieces like Antoine Pruneau, Jonathan Rose and John Crockett, but Marcel Desjardins’ scout team helped us out to fill those wholes.
At today’s Redblacks walk through, I was able to ask Morris about the system here in Ottawa which allows everyone to be ready for any opportunity given, he explains “Ottawa has a family system, they do their best to implicate everybody and putting them in the best position for them and the team. You’ve got to tip your hats to the coaching staff for going above and beyond with the preparation and its just one of many reasons for the success we’ve had.”
With the team’s top two running backs, Madu and Crockett battling the injury bug, every few games the team saw Greg Morris take the field.
The 27 year old CFL veteran is in his second year with the team, and before his Ottawa days he played a role in Edmonton, and Saskatchewan where he totaled for 1,225 all-purpose yards on 80 touches and one went for a touchdown. Since his signing with the Redblacks, he added an extra 371 yards and 40 touches to his short CFL career!
Going into Tomorrow’s game in Toronto, Morris, a Toronto native, will be playing in front of family and friends. He points out, “Whenever I play there, its always like a home game. I’ve got a bunch of guys watching me, but I’m also playing against a lot of guys I know from Toronto. It has the atmosphere of a high-school game because of that, and I love playing there.”
Most of Morris’ teammates and friends call him by the nickname “Juice”, he touched on that, “When I was younger, I drank a lot of juice and I always had a lot of energy which led to me not sleeping well and I still don’t. They called me Juice as in a juiced up battery because of the energy I had.”
In Tomorrow’s game, Morris will feature as the number 2 back playing behind Gillanders for the second straight game. Tune into TSN, RDS or ESPN to view the game at 4:00 pm EDT.