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Oklahoma All-State Football 2018: Tulsa Edison's Sevion Morrison captured attention across the state

Sevion Morrison never thought about the extra attention coming his way throughout October.

He still had to Google his name for the first time with Tulsa Edison's playoff opener against Claremore looming. His recruiting pages appeared along with his Hudl highlights. One story after another followed from media outlets around the state.

Morrison's eyes lit up.

“I didn't realize how many people talked about me or said stuff, or had comments to say,” Morrison said. “It made me feel good about myself knowing that I worked hard for this and results are showing.”

In a year often dominated by running backs, Morrison captivated the state with a remarkable five-game stretch rarely seen and earned a spot on The Oklahoman's All-State first team.

The 6-foot, 187-pound junior rushed for 1,745 yards and 26 touchdowns in the final five regular-season games to carry Tulsa Edison to the Class 5A playoffs. He had multiple 400-yard games that included more than a handful of touchdowns.

Each week, his totals resembled a video game more than real life. Division I scholarship offers began to flood in as well.

“This is super excellent results,” Morrison said. “I'm just blessed, honestly, to do what I did.”

Morrison entered the season fully believing in his abilities. He had rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore. He wanted 2,000 this fall.

There was no predicting that he would nearly reach that total in half of a season. He ultimately finished with 2,728 yards and 35 TDs and averaged nearly 12 yards per carry.

“He met that goal,” Tulsa Edison coach Tony Daniels said. “I thought that he would have a coming out party this year, but not this big.”

Daniels first met Morrison as a freshman in Tulsa Edison's basketball gym. Daniels was in awe as Morrison slammed a dunk.

He had to keep Morrison — who grew up playing quarterback, running back and receiver — on the football field. As the scout team running back, Morrison dominated the varsity defense.

“It just made you sit back and be like, ‘This kid is going to be special,'” Daniels said.

But it still took a breakout game to open October against Coweta to show the potential. Morrison rushed for 419 yards and six TDs. The next week, he posted 273 yards and four TDs against Tulsa Hale, surpassing the single-season school rushing record held by Spencer Tillman.

Morrison followed that with 429 yards and seven TDs against McAlester.

But neither were as meaningful as the night he revealed himself as a star against Coweta. It was a big win. Tulsa Edison students rushed the field.

Morrison was unknown no more.

“It just felt good,” Morrison said.

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<p>Tulsa Edison running back Sevion Morrison is a member of The Oklahoman's All-State team. [Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]</p>

Tulsa Edison running back Sevion Morrison is a member of The Oklahoman's All-State team. [Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman]

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Jacob Unruh

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›

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