Concordia quarterback David Morrison is already in Muncie beginning his college career and wont take part in national signing day today. But New Haven receiver Jordan Hogue, and a teammate of Morrison on the AWP 7-on-7 summer team, is still finishing high school while playing basketball for the Bulldogs.
The two will soon be reunited as freshmen on the Ball State football team with the potential to be a dynamic combination.
Morrison threw for 3,412 yards and 29 touchdowns and rushed for 10 scores while leading the Cadets to a sectional championship. It earned him The Journal Gazettes Euell Wilson Award as the SACs top player on and off the field. Hogue had 61 catches for 1,117 yards and scored 19 touchdowns for the NHC champions.
Together, they also helped AWP to national success the last two summers.
We started to build that chemistry playing together our junior year, and our senior year we really exploded, said Morrison, who added there is a chance the two could be roommates. He was my go-to guy. That chemistry that we built over the past two years is big. A year or two down the road, people will be seeing that down the road, and it will be a special connection.
Morrison made his pledge to the Cardinals on May 2, while Hogue committed Dec. 3.
He always says we could break all these records here, Hogue said.Before I committed, he was putting a big recruiting game on me. We are excited to get to a program that is successful and keep that tradition going. He said it would be just like when we played pitch and catch for AWP 7-on-7 team over the summer.
Ball State (10-3 in 2013) continued its ascension under coach Pete Lembo last season, which ended with a 23-20 loss in the GoDaddy Bowl loss to Arkansas State. The Cardinals are still seeking their first bowl win.
Record-setting quarterback Keith Wenning and receiver Willie Snead have both moved on to possible professional careers, leaving a void that Morrison and Hogue could one day fill.
The offense was really impressive this year, and the numbers Keith Wenning put up were phenomenal, Morrison said. The offensive system is a great one, and it is really quarterback friendly.
The Cardinals scored 38.5 points per game last season, with Wenning throwing for 4,148 yards and 35 touchdowns. Snead caught 106 passes for 1,516 yards and 15 touchdowns.
I think about how I could fit in with that offense and how explosive against everybody they were, Hogue said. Seeing that and being a receiver, thats the type of offense I want to play in, an offense thats going to air it out and get the ball around to everybody.