Stephenville High School junior Trace Morrison never has to worry about finding something to do.
The Yellow Jackets Featured Player of the Week will go directly into varsity basketball when the football season is over, and then transition once more when he moves into his baseball mode. He also makes time for his academic studies and makes straight A’s.
In football, Morrison is a receiver on offense and a defensive back on defense. He also punts and kicks for the Yellow Jackets. In basketball, Morrison plays a post position. He’s also versatile for the Yellow Jackets in baseball, as a starting outfielder who can also pitch.
Last Thursday, the 6-1, 175-pound Morrison had one of his best football games, statistically, in Stephenville’s 56-14 bi-district football playoff win over Fort Worth Dunbar. He caught seven passes for 122 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown thrown by quarterback Kade Renfro. On defense, he recorded eight tackles. He punted one time for 41 yards.
And all of those stats Morrison had were in the first half, because after the starting offense scored on its opening drive in the third quarter, they were allowed to sit out the rest of the game.
There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that Morrison was on the sideline working on his basketball dribbling in the third quarter and swinging a baseball bat in the fourth quarter.
Morrison’s three older brothers, Trent, Brock and Bradley all played varsity football for the Yellow Jackets. Younger brother Brent, age 9, has spina bifida and was the SHS Heart of Gold recipient in 2010. Their parents are Billy and Amy Morrison.
“The doctors told him he’d never walk, and he’s walking and doing great right now,” Morrison said of Brent.
Brock was a starter at tight end on Stephenville’s 2012 football state championship team, and Bradley was brought up to the varsity that year as a freshman. Trent, like Brock, was a tight end when he played on the varsity.
Here are seven questions to get to know Trace Morrison a little better:
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do away from school and away from football?
Morrison: I like to go hunting, like spotlighting and varmint hunting. Hog hunting, or anything really.
Q: What is your favorite subject in school?
Morrison: I like math. Numbers come pretty easy to me. I’m in Algebra pre-calculus.
Q: Is football your favorite sport?
Morrison: Football and baseball are pretty equal.
Q: Do you have real competitive spirit?
Morrison: I am very competitive in everything I do. It doesn’t matter what it is. I’m pretty competitive in the classroom, too.
Q: If you could magically be anything you want, what would you want to be?
Morrison: I would like to be punting in the NFL somewhere and pitching in the MLB also, just playing both of them. I think that’s just what I’ve always dreamed of doing since I started playing sports. That’s just what I would like to do and have fun doing.
Q: Have you decided on a college plan?
Morrison: I’m just kind of waiting to see how this football season goes and after this baseball season I’m going to see what all I have to look at.
Q: What are your expectations for this year’s football team?
Morrison: I expect us to go out there and, doesn’t matter who it is, compete like we always do every week and not play down to anyone’s level or be timid of a team either.