Morrison one of Canada West's best

The way Alex Morrison figures it, appreciation will come sometime in the future.

For now, being named a Canada West allstar is something superseded by what lies ahead for he and his University of British Columbia Thunderbirds teammates.

Following a brilliant regular season, the Sault native was recently named as a wide receiver on his conference's all-star team.

But Morrison spoke of how he's placing all of his attention on his team's Hardy Cup championship game Saturday. The Thunderbirds are slated to take on the Calgary Dinos.

The winner meets the Ontario-Quebec champion in the Vanier Cup.

“Individual awards are always nice,” said the six-foot-four, 215-pounder. “And down the road, I'll be more proud of it. But right now, our only focus is on extending our season one game at a time. And we want to finish it off, of course, by winning the Vanier Cup.”

The 22-year-old Morrison had 23 receptions for 409 yards and five receiving touchdowns in eight regular season games. He also ran for another major, helping UBC finish with a win-loss record of 6-2.

“It's a great honour to be recognized by the coaches as one of the best players in the conference,” said Morrison, a standout locally for both the St. Mary's Knights high school teams, and the Sault Sabercats of the Ontario Varsity Football League. “At the end of the day, this won't change me as a player, but it's something to be proud of and to look at in the future.”

In his fourth year at UBC and in its third year of athletic eligibility, Morrison said the allstar nod “didn't really surprise me. I have high expectations for myself and I always strive to be the best I can be.”

Morrison spoke of how his game has taken strides due to the fact he's bigger, stronger and faster this year.

He said his confidence has grown and he understands the game to a greater degree.

“My training has gotten more specialized and, 100%, it's made me a better player,” he said. “The coaching staff here is absolutely fantastic. They put us in the best position to succeed, and as a player, that's all you can ask for.”

A French major, minoring in history, Morrison said he plans to return to UBC next season.

But for now, everything revolves around Saturday's game.

The Thunderbirds are coming off of a 52-10 victory over the Manitoba Bisons in their Hardy Cup semifinal.

Morrison spoke of how Calgary ripped UBC 49-15 in the Thunderbirds regular season opener.

“But we're much, much better now,” he said. “All facets of our game have improved and we're definitely peaking.”

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