Tyler Morton is the only returning starter on Navarre’s defensive line and understands his role as a leader is important to the success the Raiders have this season on their defensive front.
“I’ve worked on being more vocal and making sure everyone knows what they are doing,” Morton said. “Communication is important to doing our jobs.”
Morton racked up 32 tackles last season and also came through with 2.5 sacks. He was part of a defense that allowed only 118 points, recording two shutouts along the way during a 10-1 season.
He is expecting an even better senior season and put in the time to make himself more prepared for challenges that come with playing on the defensive line.
“I’ve gotten my weight up over the summer,” Morton said. “I started the summer at 216 and now I’m up to 236. I was getting thrown around a lot at times last year because I only weighed like 220.”
Morton will have plenty of help up front, especially with senior Charlie Alevras and sophomore Josh Carter both back.
Carter was phenomenal as a freshman, ringing up 22.5 tackles and recording five sacks. Alevras is expected to play a pivotal role as well after tallying nine tackles and two sacks.
“We have good experience on our D-Line,” Navarre head coach Jay Walls said. “We should be solid at that position.”
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