Baylor junior cornerback KJ Morton will be watching from the sidelines this weekend when the Bears travel to Iowa State.
Morton is recovering from an injury diagnosed as a groin sprain that was suffered in the second quarter of last week’s game against Texas.
“I went to make a tackle…and then when I ran through, I just felt something strange, and when I got up, it was numb,” Morton said. “I kept trying to play through it, but I knew something wasn’t right.”
During a time when the defense needs all the help and healthy players it can get, the absence of Morton will definitely have an impact on the team.
“There’s no way to make up for what kind of player KJ [Morton] is,” junior nickel back Ahmad Dixon said. “Not having him out there will be different for me because I’ve been out there with him for two years and that’s who I’m used to seeing.”
Morton has 32 tackles so far this year, 29 of those being solo tackles. He also recorded one interception for 27 yards. Before being injured in last week’s game against Texas he recorded three tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.
With Morton out, someone else will get the opportunity to contribute to Baylor’s defense as they try to overcome the hardships that have plagued them the past three weeks.
“One of those guys’ that’s behind me is going to have to step up, and I think they’re up for the challenge,” Morton said. -- Savannah Pullin