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Arkansas Football Countdown Day 63: R.J. Morris

R.J. Morris is a player easy to root for because he's like us, living out a childhood dream.

Wesley Hitt

Only nine weeks from today the crew from College Gameday will be prepping us for the first Saturday of college football, but in the interim, get to know redshirt freshman R.J. Morris.

Morris is an offensive lineman who hails from Naperville, IL, and is one of those players who makes himself easy to root for. Like most of us, he grew up a Razorback fan but instead of remaining a just a fan, he headed to join the team as a preferred walk-on.

He stands at 6-foot-4, 312-pound and played guard and tackle in high school, and mind you, Bret Bielema loves these kids too because he was once a walk-on out of high school as well.

Now while most of us never had the opportunity to accept a preferred walk-on offer, I have respect for anyone in his shoes--at any level-- who pays his own way through school while experiencing the pressures of such a demanding extracurricular activity.

If you can handle the Mississippi State-esque cowbells midway through this video for a few minutes, here are some high school highlights:


A native of Arkansas now calling the Hogs from yonder in Georgia, you can follow Graham on Twitter @grahamreaves or read his blog, On My Mind In Georgia.