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Morris: Stovall has got to want it

by Roland Johnson on April 11, 2009

Buccaneers fourth year receiver Maurice Stovall, has very little to show for his career in the way of stats when it comes to yards or catches. He has been the talk of training camp the previous two seasons, but has been unable to translate that success on gamedays.

Fighting for a roster spot and looking for a fresh start, Stovall was put on notice during the teams first voluntary mini camp under new head coach Raheem Morris back at the end of March.

Morris believes in being straightforward in his approach to handling players to the point he is willing too tell it like it is.

“Sometimes you’ve got to hit with straightforward shots,” he said. “I gave a couple people some straightforward shots. We’re a family. Most people do it in one-on-one settings; I like to do it in a 66-man setting, or an 80-man setting or a 53-man setting, whatever the case may be. Whenever you deliver messages like that and it’s to the heart, it’s challenging a guy, it’s inspiring a guy, it’s leading a guy.

“Maurice Stovall is motivated to be great, so you’ve got to motivate and stimulate him with the things he can do that are really good, and you’ve got to make him do those things consistently,” said Morris. “That’s what I’m trying to do with Maurice Stovall right now. He’s one of the guys I’m challenging a little bit and I think he’s got a chance to be great. He’s got to want it, he’s got to believe it and he’s got to go do it. That’s what we’re talking about right now with Mo.” Source: Buccaneers.com

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