Barnegat Leader

Sean Morris Off to a Sizzling Start at Barnegat

Oct 20, 2017
Courtesy of: Valerie Morris Sean Morris

For eight of Barnegat High School’s 12 varsity football seasons, the tight end position has been manned by a Morris. First there was Ryan Morris, who graduated in 2012, and initially enrolled at Purdue University but later transferred and finished his football career at Villanova University. After him came younger brother Kyle, who graduated in 2015 and is a junior on the Johns Hopkins University football team.

But the best of them could be kid brother Sean Morris, the current Bengals tight end. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior is a big reason the Bengals have started out 4-2 (3-1 in the B-South division), as he has caught 26 passes for 522 yards and six touchdowns. 

He has also dominated on the other side of the ball as defensive end. For example, in the opener against Donovan Catholic, he recorded seven tackles, five quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles and a pair of sacks. In a 27-7 win on the road against Jackson Liberty, he had a 69 yard pass interception touchdown.

Bengals head coach Rob Davis said Ryan was a more dominant blocker while Kyle was a very sure-handed receiver.

“Sean has both those attributes,” said Davis. “And he’s going to get bigger and stronger before he finishes playing here.”

Morris said he likes the tight end position because it involves both blocking and receiving. He said he frequently gets advice and encouragement from his older brothers.

“They tell me not to get down, but to stay strong when times are tough,” he said. “It’s a very physical game and can take a lot out of you.” 

Davis said Morris and two other juniors – quarterback Brian Finucan and running back Charlie Cotton – are forming a sold nucleus.

“We have a lot of underclassmen starting,” he said. “They’re getting better with experience.”

Like his brothers, Morris plans to play on the collegiate level. Another thing he has in common with his siblings is that he is an outstanding student.

“History is my favorite subject,” he said. “I’d like to be able to get into a (NCAA) Division I school, but right now my focus is to do what I can to make this a successful season for Barnegat.”

— Eric Englund

ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

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