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City College football’s dynamic duo

Jason Samuels

Every good quarterback needs an equally good receiver to catch the ball. In the NFL, Peyton Manning has Demaryius Thomas, Aaron Rodgers has Jordy Nelson and Ben Roethlisberger has Antonio Brown. The same could be said about City College’s quarterback and receiver duo Jason Samuels and Jordan Morrison, respectively.

This season, the duo has accounted for over 800 yards of offense and nine touchdowns, according to the California Community College Athletic Association’s website.

City College head football coach Dannie Walker credits the connection to the bond that Samuels has had on the field with Morrison and other receivers.

“They’ve been pretty impactful for us in the passing game, along with some other kids: Terrell Crawford and Kyron O’Berry,” said Walker. “They’ve been very explosive for us, and they’ve had a bond on the field in terms of knowing how to read each other.”

Starting quarterback Samuels said that he was heavily recruited from Oak Ridge High School by Walker. However, he decided to go to Cal Poly San Louis Obispo for academic reasons instead, and did not play football.

“I liked him because of his command of the offense when he was in high school, his accuracy and his footwork,” said Walker, “just how far advanced he was as a quarterback as opposed to other kids you see at that level.”

After his first year at Cal Poly, Samuels realized he missed the sport and called Walker to see if he could come to City College and play for him.

“It just worked out perfectly, and it’s been awesome so far,” said Samuels.

Samuel’s go-to receiver, sophomore Morrison, has been with the football program for a few years. Walker recruited him from Redwood High School in Visalia, Calif.

“For Jordan, I’ve had him for three years, and through his hard work,” Walker paused, “you can see why he’s having the success he’s having right now on the field.”

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Jordan Morrison, wide receiver, is a "smart" player according to Jason Samuels. Photo by Gabrielle Smith | Photo Editor |
Jordan Morrison, wide receiver, is a “smart” player according to Jason Samuels. Photo by Gabrielle Smith | Photo Editor | [email protected]

So far this season, Morrison has amassed 868 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 66 receptions and Samuels has 2,106 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

“This year, I felt like me and Jason just click,” said Morrison. “He’s always looking for me, and whenever he throws my way, he trusts me to make the play.”

“Real early on in the season, he was one of the guys that just emerged as one of my top targets,” said Samuels. “He always seems to be there when I’m outside of the pocket and always makes a play. He’s a really good receiver.”

The connection between the two players stems from the respect they have for each other both on and off the field. Samuels said he views Morrison as a great receiver with a high knowledge of the game, and Morrison sees the leadership Samuels has on the field.

“For Morrison, the strongest thing that makes him one of our best receivers is how smart he is as a player,” said Samuels. “He runs good routes, and he just understands it as a player. He has a good football IQ, and he just makes plays.”

“As a leader, he leads more with his actions,” said Morrison of Samuels. “He’s not too verbal, but he’s always doing the right things, and he’s always leading with his actions.”

The two have similar goals for the team for the rest of the season: beat American River College, play in a bowl game and get a playoff bid. Morrison said he also wants to hit the 1,000-yard receiving mark, have 85 catches and 15 touchdowns at the end of the season.

Samuels and Morrison have great potential moving forward, Walker said. Samuels will have another year under center at City College, and Morrison will try to transfer to a four-year college and continue to play football.

“They’re both two good football players, and they’ll have bright futures after this place,” said Walker. “I just like to see them successful both on and off the field, and they will do that. They got their head right and they got their mind right, and they’re determined to be the best at what they do.”


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