Football: Morrissette makes instant impact with Hubs

Rochelle senior looking to be a leader next season

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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.”