Football: Morrissette makes instant impact with Hubs

Rochelle senior looking to be a leader next season


Nolan Morrissette went out for the Rochelle Township High School football team this past year despite having no experience playing the sport. That didn’t hold Morrissette back from earning a starting role on the varsity offense and becoming a leading contributor on special teams.

Morrissette has now played three sports at Rochelle including baseball, basketball and football. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder utilized his speed as the starting varsity wide receiver for the Hubs this past season, totaling a team-high five receptions for 61 yards. Morrissette also started on special teams, handling kickoff duties and leading the varsity team with nine punts.

“I felt like I played pretty well, but there’s always room for improvement,” Morrissette said. “My junior season was my first time playing football. I enjoy the competitiveness of the sport and playing with my teammates. I was a team player last season and I was used in a couple of different positions. I think my role during my senior season will be to lead and do whatever I can to help the team be successful. I’ve been lifting weights outside of school to prepare for the upcoming season and I’ve been practicing as much as I can during my free time.”

Morrissette was the primary target for quarterback Ethan Etes during the 2019 season, catching over 30 percent of his completed passes. Morrissette hauled in a critical 15-yard reception during Rochelle’s double-overtime win over Ottawa, sacrificing his body to make a tough catch down the sideline. Morrissette also caught a 14-yard pass against Sandwich and reeled in a 13-yard grab against Kaneland. After averaging nearly 13 yards per catch in 2019, Morrissette will be a top target for the Hubs this coming season.

“I believe I worked well with the team,” Morrissette said. “My teammates and I pushed each other during practice every day to get better. I want to become a team leader next season and improve my skills at each position. My goals are to become a leader and push my teammates to get better every day. Our team goals are to win as many games as we can and work hard.”