By Matt Nestor
The Boylan Titans have just gone on a long drive to take a 22-10 lead toward the end of the third quarter in a very physical game against the Harlem Huskies.
But for senior quarterback Michael Morman, his job is not done after leading the drive. Morman, who is also the punter and the kicker for the Titans, has to line up and kick the ball off. But it doesn’t faze Morman at all.
“It’s…whatever,” he said.
It doesn’t matter to Morman because the do-it-all senior is willing to do whatever it takes for his team to win. And, for coach Dan Appino, he is happy to use Morman in whatever way he can find.
“He’s such a versatile kid,” Appino said. “He’s one of our best running backs. He can do so many things, you’ve got to get him on the field, one way or another. We’re going to give him the ball, and he’s going to make things happen.”
Morman has taken over as the starter at quarterback as a senior. Last season, Morman was asked to fill in when starter Zach Lane went down with an injury.
He filled in great, finishing off the NIC-10 championship and helping lead the Titans to the playoffs. But now that he is the starter, he doesn’t feel any extra pressure to lead the team.
“It’s not my team. Not at all,” Morman said. “We’re all a team. We’ve got other guys that have come back from last year. I think we all take the pressure off each other.”
And it is that type of leadership that endears Morman to teammates. Senior running back Paul Barmore said that playing with him makes everything easier.
“Michael is just amazing,” Barmore said. “I love having him as my quarterback. I love watching him run. I love blocking for him. I love playing with him and for him.”
And Appino enjoys coaching him as well as all of the Titans. Appino said Morman was a key component to the Titans’ chances of repeating as conference champions.
“If he goes down, everything changes in our offense,” Appino said. “He knows the game from every angle. So, I think that gives him a special knowledge of what we do.”
From the September 2-8, 2009 issue