Mr. Lucky: Apollos RB Morrow showing his moves in training camp
By Tom Alexander, Orlando Apollos Team Reporter
SAN ANTONIO — Orlando Apollos running back Jamal Morrow is on the smaller end of the height spectrum when it comes to professional football running backs. While no one would ever describe him as “tall,” at 5-foot-9 he is many other things — fast, agile, focused — and lucky. Definitely lucky.
Morrow, a Washington State University product, was an all-purpose star in college. A two-time All Pac-12 Conference Honorable Mention honoree, Morrow finished his career with 4,219 all-purpose yards, third most in school history. The thing that stands out on his resume even more than those impressive numbers, though, is this: after being named one of the Cougars’ team captains for his final 35 games, Washington State went 24-11. He also proved to be pretty lucky in pre-game coin tosses. Morrow was 11-4 when calling the coin toss in road games – the team won the toss 23 times with Morrow as captain.
The Menifee, California, native is here in San Antonio, hoping his luck will continue as he tries to make the Apollos Opening Day roster. The race to be Orlando’s starting running back is wide open, and Morrow has already shown in practice that he has the unique ability to make defenders miss and can be lethal when he has the ball in space.
He’ll have a real chance to show what he can do beginning today, when the Apollos hold their first full-contact practice of training camp. We’ll be speaking with Morrow after practice about his remarkable streak of luck in college and how he feels about playing pro ball in Florida, far from where he grew up. Look for that in Part Two of our story.