Adam’s the one: Robinson injury solidifies Morse’s starting role
Published 11:52 pm Monday, October 31, 2016
Another injury to a Lamar quarterback has solidified true freshman Adam Morse’s role as the starter for Thursday night’s game at Nicholls State.
Coach Ray Woodard announced Monday that Morse’s classmate Case Robinson sustained a broken bone in his throwing hand in the 24-17 homecoming loss to Houston Baptist on Saturday in the fourth quarter. Woodard did not specify any injury during Saturday’s postgame conference, although he said Robinson was shaken up some and he wanted to take a look at Morse, the recent Port Neches-Groves quarterback.
“I just have to do a little extra studying,” Morse said Saturday. “Study the film. Study what the defense is doing. Do anything to help the team out. If you work hard enough, you can get as far as you want.”
Wide receiver DeWan Thompson, who had three of his seven catches on the final Lamar drive, said he just tried to give Morse confidence as soon as the freshman entered the game.
“I guess he was looking for me for those yards and stuff,” said Thompson, who had 67 yards on seven catches. “He did a great job. He’s the starting quarterback now, so we’ve just got to keep having faith in him and keep giving him that confidence that, once he throws the ball, we’re going to go get it.”
Robinson became the fourth Lamar quarterback to be injured this season, leaving Morse as the only one at that position on the team. Morse played the Cardinals’ final two drives right after Robinson’s injury, throwing 7 of 14 for 54 yards and a touchdown to pull Lamar (3-5, 3-3 Southland) within the final score.
Morse said he handled the pressure “OK.”
“I wasn’t really prepared at first,” he said Saturday, after beginning the game with a headset making signals for starter Andrew Allen. “But when Andrew went down, I had to readjust my mind and get ready to go in because anything could happen in a split second.”
Allen was ruled out for the season Saturday after being sacked on the Cardinals’ first drive and injuring his collarbone. That prompted Woodard to plug in Robinson, a walk-on from Crockett who could return for the Cardinals’ home finale against Incarnate Word on Nov. 12.
Morse, a school record-setting quarterback at PNG, was a candidate for a redshirt season until Robinson’s injury. But one by one, injuries to Carson Earp (shoulder), Blake McKenzie (knee), Allen and Robinson plagued the corps.
Earp and McKenzie were already out for the year. Earp was hurt against Central Arkansas, and McKenzie was banged up in practice.
It didn’t matter to Morse whether he had to burn the redshirt.
“I’ll do anything to help my team,” he said.
Senior wide receiver Michael Handy and true freshman running back Kendrick King will step in at quarterback if necessary. Both played the position in high school.
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