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    Notebook: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    Just talked to Wally Burnham after practice. He told me that Matt Morton will indeed get the start at SAM LB for Iowa State on Saturday. More notes coming.

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    Re: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    Congrats to Matt! Go play your *** off on Saturday



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    Re: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    I mean this as no offense, just speaking as a realist, but even though Morton may start, how long will he play and will he finish?


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    Re: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

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    Re: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by CylentButDeadly View Post
    I mean this as no offense, just speaking as a realist, but even though Morton may start, how long will he play and will he finish?

    Probably the entire game and most likely. I love how message board fans think that just because you're a walk-on, you're automatically a chump. A lot of the walk-ons are just as tough, if not tougher than scholarship players. They have to be. Obviously, they aren't as atheltically gifted, but there's a reason they have stuck around on the roster long enough to earn some PT.


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    Re: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by jahfg View Post
    Probably the entire game and most likely. I love how message board fans think that just because you're a walk-on, you're automatically a chump. A lot of the walk-ons are just as tough, if not tougher than scholarship players. They have to be. Obviously, they aren't as atheltically gifted, but there's a reason they have stuck around on the roster long enough to earn some PT.
    I'd add the note (in response to the bold in your quote)- sometimes they are. Sometimes they fly under the radar, or play against competition that makes their talent hard to judge. Whatever the case may be, I'm a big fan of guys who bust their *** to get on the field.



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    Re: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by jahfg View Post
    Probably the entire game and most likely. I love how message board fans think that just because you're a walk-on, you're automatically a chump. A lot of the walk-ons are just as tough, if not tougher than scholarship players. They have to be. Obviously, they aren't as atheltically gifted, but there's a reason they have stuck around on the roster long enough to earn some PT.
    Yeah, because us message board folk are all idiots and incapable of making intelligent, well thought out arguments. What I was implying was even though Morton may start, I wouldn't be one bit shocked if Washington or someone else saw the majority of the snaps.


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    Re: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    Matt Morton is a great story and will at least be playing hard for us.



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    Re: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    More to this story according to Burnham. Here are details.

    Iowa State Football: Morton to start at linebacker | Cyclone Fanatic



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    Re: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    Plan B is to move Klein back to SAM and play Jeremiah George in the middle.

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    Re: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by CylentButDeadly View Post
    Yeah, because us message board folk are all idiots and incapable of making intelligent, well thought out arguments. What I was implying was even though Morton may start, I wouldn't be one bit shocked if Washington or someone else saw the majority of the snaps.

    K-State has a power running game, so I would expect us to have 3 linebackers on the field for the most part.

    I have no idea what the first part of your post has to do with my initial post.


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    Re: Notebook: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    I'm behind Morton 100% and I hope he goes out there and really performs. It still befuddles me that the staff didn't go after any JUCO LBs for this fall. Maybe they did and nobody was worth bringing in, I don't know. Maybe the staff philosophy is to avoid JUCOs and build through long term development (ie, bringing in freshman).

    Regardless, this is the situation the team and staff is in and they're going to put the best guy out there. Nobody thinks it's ideal, but it's just the hand they've been dealt.


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    Re: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    Quote Originally Posted by jahfg View Post
    K-State has a power running game, so I would expect us to have 3 linebackers on the field for the most part.

    I have no idea what the first part of your post has to do with my initial post.
    Well, because you said this...

    Quote Originally Posted by jahfg View Post
    I love how message board fans think that just because you're a walk-on, you're automatically a chump. .
    Also, just because Daniel Thomas is a stud and William Powell isn't too shabby himself doesn't automatically imply that we'll play a 3 LB set most of the game. Ideally, that's what you'd want to do, but if you have a back up safety that may be a better tackler and more dependable on the field, wouldn't you rather have him out there.

    Now, Morton may really be shining in practice this week, or may have earned the spot, which it obviously sounds like he did, but I'm just saying, once they're going at it for real on Saturday, I wouldn't be surprised if Washington saw the majority of the snaps. Also, the size is basically negligible between the two as Morton weighs about a 12-pack of Busch Light more than Washington.


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    Re: Notebook: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    Our linebackers are smaller than our DBs. Great. That will go over well in Big 12 play. If a kid is 207 at LB, he better be dang fast!

    Also, I thought Mattison was a huge muscular freak of nature. He's listed at 190 lbs. I realize these guys are young but they are surprisingly small for the position.


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    Re: Notebook: Matt Morton will start on Saturday

    Jesse Smith was a walk on. If this guy has battled and the coaches see something in him now to get him on the field.... I have faith in a type of player like that. You just know he is going to play his tail off on Saturday....in this big game atmosphere. Hope he plays well.



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