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Creighton's Morrill joins exclusive rushing club

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Creighton's Jacob Morrill became just the third Nebraska football player in state history to rush for 1,000 yards in four straight seasons. Creighton's Jacob Morrill became just the third Nebraska football player in state history to rush for 1,000 yards in four straight seasons.
CREIGHTON, Neb. (KTIV) -

For four years Creighton running back Jacob Morrill has been racking up the yards.

"One cut and just go," Morrill says.

But even before his began his high school career, his friends and teammates knew he was a special talent.

"Junior high football, just seeing him run, you could tell he was destined for some great things," senior lineman Lane Jacobsen said.

His freshman year, Morrill burst on the prep scene, running for more than 1,100 yards.

"When Jacob was a freshman he had that hard work, that hard desire to be successful," Creighton Head Coach Jeff Jensen said.

"I didn't really think I'd play a whole lot. I hoped I'd get on the field with some special teams," Morrill added.  "Get an opportunity -- I guess I took advantage of it."

He followed that up with another thousand yard season as a sophomore (1,347) and accomplished the feat again as a junior (1,554).  With his offensive line plowing the road, with every yard gained as a senior, Morrill was running right into Nebraska high school football history.

"It parts like the Red Sea!  I mean, these guys work hard," he said.

"It's been great to be a part of it," Ian Fuchtman said.  "You know what you did contributed to him being successful"

Morrill entered last Friday night 115 yards shy of reaching 1,000 and with 156 yard performance against Plainview he became just the third Nebraska football player in state history to rush for 1,000 yards in four straight seasons.

"It's not all me.  I've had a lot of great linemen," Morrill said. "I mean, Lane and Ian, they've been blocking for me for three years.  And, my older brother Jordan.  I mean, there's a lot of guys that helped me."

"A proud feeling I'd guess I'd say knowing that I contributed to that," Jacobsen added.

Morrill is just the 28th player in Nebraska history to rush for more than 5,000 yards in his career. He'll continue to add to his total when fourth-ranked Creighton visits Neligh-Oakdale on Friday.

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