Inside the Governors
Last season: 7-6
Returning starters: 11 (3 offense, 8 defense)
Returning offensive leader
Torey Armstrong, Sr., QB. 134 carries for 827 yards, 7 TDs; 27-of-56 passing for 353 yards.
Returning defensive leader
David Wall, Sr., DB. 110 tackles, 4 fumble recoveries.
David Wall, Sr., DB. "He can do it all, everything," Morton coach Roy Richards said. Wall plays almost every number on defense and is on every special team. He is the QB of the defense. "David is one of the most physical players on our very physical defense," Richards said.
He's got next
Freddy Creater, Sr., RB. The 4.5 40 speedster didn't play much last year (283 yards), but it wasn't because he wasn't good. He just had Kendall Huff and Eleazar Henderson ahead of him. "He is built like a powerhouse but has the quickest feet you'll ever see," Richards said. "We expect a lot out of him."
The Times' breakdown
Morton limped to a 4-5 regular season last year but went on a tear in the playoffs, winning the program's fourth straight sectional title. A loss to state finalist Mishawaka in the regional didn't mean 2012 wasn't a good year. Despite losing four offensive lineman and most of the offense to graduation, Richards believes this team is better than last year. Much of a defense that had three shutouts last year returns, bigger, stronger and better. "This is the fastest D we've ever had and one of the most physical," Richards said. "They will be like the Bears last year, it will be a playmaking unit. I believe they're going to score some points." A ton of raw talent is on offense, but consistency will be the key.
-- Steve Hanlon