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FINDING WAYS TO IMPROVE: PHS freshman lands on All-Saban team

Pleasant Home’s Gavin Morrison recently participated in the Nick Saban Football Camp in Tuscaloosa and earned a spot on the All-Saban team.

“I really enjoyed it,” Morrison said. “I hate that it’s already over and I’m ready to go back. I will be going back up there on June 17 for an offensive and defensive line camp.”

Morrison said that he felt the camp helped him step up his game.

“I went there because I wanted to get better so that I can help my team this season,” Morrison said. “You can’t sit at home and expect to just get better. You have to put in the work. I really felt like I improved a lot during the camp. They taught better techniques to rip and pull to penetrate the line. We also learned and did a lot of foot work drills.”

One of the highlights of the camp, was getting a motivational speech from Saban himself.

“The best part was working really hard and seeing Nick Saban talk to us,” Morrison said. “He talked to us about taking responsibility and never wasting a failure. Basically, he was saying that we can’t go through life looking to blame others when something goes wrong. We have to take responsibility for our own actions.”

At the end of the camp, the instructors evaluated the week-long performance of each participant and around 20 players out of 200 were picked for the All-Saban team.

“It was pretty exciting when I found out I made the team,” Morrison said. “I thought it was really cool to get picked for that.”

Now Morrison is ready to take what he learned and apply it in a game.

“It’s a good feeling knowing that I’ve improved,” Morrison said. “I’m not content with that, though. I’m going to put it into action this year and then I will go back to the camp next year and do even better.”

Morrison will be one of the few ninth graders that will get plenty of action this season for the Eagles’ varsity football team.