The Union Recorder

Local Sports

October 26, 2012

JMA’s Cooper Morgan earns Athlete of the Week

MILLEDGEVILLE — Some people judge success differently. Numbers don’t often live up to personal goals, even if figures leap off the page.

John Milledge Academy’s Cooper Morgan demonstrated everything about the drive for perfection last Friday against Briarwood. His coach, J.T. Wall had to pull Morgan to the side after several successful carries to unassuming eyes.

The senior tailback looked bothered by some missed opportunities to roll further through the defense. Wall said Morgan yearns for perfection at every practice and on every game time carry.

Morgan’s five touchdowns on 13 carries for 182 yards earned him a second Athlete of the Week nod.

“The kid is so special about the way he goes about his business. I look at the stats and say ‘wow he had that many yards’,” Wall said. “He is getting it. Cooper has really grown in four years.”

Morgan started at his current position as a freshman and suffered through a winless season. Health always held Morgan a bit from really breaking out.

Smaller rosters forced Morgan to play countless positions on offense, defense and special teams his sophomore and junior years. The lumps came with the territory being a true all-purpose player by necessity.

“Now a days playing one position is good. I know that offense is where I am most needed,” Morgan said. “We have people to fill those positions.”

Wall said his versatility bodes well for some special assignments in the playoffs.

A healthy Morgan continues a torrid pace through eight games. 137 carries for 1,141 yards and 18 touchdowns is worthy of coaching admiration.

Wall owns the school record of 2,143 rushing yards, but would be the happiest man on campus if Morgan found a way to pass him this season.

“It’s a big goal for me. I want to get there. At the same point, it’s a pretty high margin he (Wall) set. He was in his day the best running back JMA has ever seen,” Morgan said.

The Trojan head coach said Morgan is a lot more laid back than he was years ago.

“Cooper approaches the game different. Not a whole lot affects him,” Wall said.

Morgan comprehends the game, allowing the staff to throw more his way. An undefeated record lets the entire team get exposed further into the playbook with the star tailback the catalyst.

“Once they understand why you call this play in this situation, that’s when you start seeing guys succeed at this level,” Wall said. “He (Morgan) could make audibles at tailback.”

Look for more tremendous numbers from the Athlete of the Week and fellow seniors tonight.

1
Text Only
Local Sports
  • 07-31 12U state champs_2.tif 12U All-Stars end 51-year drought

    Baldwin County’s 12U All-Star baseball team is “living the dream” after scorching through the competition to win the Dixie Youth State Championship July 23 in Trenton, Ga., punching a ticket to the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series in less than two weeks.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • State amputee golf tournament this week

    The Milledgeville Country Club will host the Georgia State Amputee Golf Tournament beginning Friday with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. for the four-person scramble prior to the individual stroke play portion the following two days.

    July 10, 2014

  • Kalie Todd.jpg Elite Gymnastics posts strong showing at nationals

    Competing on the national stage at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla. June 11-15, Elite Gymnastics posted some of its best results in program history at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Gymnastics National Championship.

    July 9, 2014 5 Photos

  • 06-26 Jayla Waller.jpg Former Bravette to play for Georgia College

    One of the most decorated players in Baldwin High School girls’ basketball history, Jayla Waller advanced to the collegiate level competing for Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. this past season as a freshman.

    June 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 06-21 Ramsey.JPG Amateur golf talent turns pro

    Professional golf is unforgiving and expensive.

    June 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 06-14 GMC summer basketball.jpg Bulldog basketball busy this summer

    Georgia Military Prep School boys’ basketball coach James Lunsford is notorious for working his players year-round to become better athletes and better students.

    June 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_2312.JPG Ross a future star

    The numbers speak loudly for David Ross Jr.

    June 11, 2014 5 Photos

  • 06-06 Blackbelt.jpg Mother-daughter combo make history at local karate studio

    History was made on Thursday, May 22 at Drouillard’s Karate Studio, as the school’s first mother-daughter combination in Mary Beth and Lindsey Atkinson tested and achieved the pinnacle black belt status on the same night.

    June 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_1061.JPG Youth explore tennis during GC camp

    Georgia College's tennis courts appeared to be a busy place on Wednesday afternoon.

    June 5, 2014 3 Photos

  • coach k camp.JPG Coach K's Soccer Camp kicks off with sweat

    Kids attending Coach K's Soccer Camp get their cleats dirty day one.

    June 3, 2014 3 Photos