ATWATER -- Andrew Morgan earned the nickname T2 during track. His technically sound running reminded coach Jordan Bell of Robert Patrick's T-1000 character in the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
But what started out as a bit of observational humor has become an apt nickname and a sense of pride for Atwater's two-way star.
No one is going to put in more reps, push himself harder or try to execute more than Morgan.
It's just his way.
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"I'm not trying to sound cocky, but I am a machine," Morgan said. "No matter what, I just keep going.
"It's how I want people to remember me. A guy that never stops once in the game.
"A real machine."
Morgan already proved himself to be a big asset on both sides of the ball as a junior, earning first-team all-Central California Conference honors at tight end.
Morgan only hauled in 13 passes, but made the most of them, averaging more than 23 yards per reception and catching three touchdowns.
He had an impact on defense as well, recording 49 tackles at linebacker and coming up with a big interception in Atwater's 18-13 first-round playoff win over Stagg.
"Last year I had a little success and it's made me work that much harder," Morgan said. "My goals for this year are to basically double my numbers from last year.
"It's not going to be easy, but you have to set your goals high."
That could be the mantra for a 2010 Atwater squad that's turned over a lot of key pieces from last year's second-place team.
"Last year was pretty nice," Atwater coach Bob Valladao said. "We were in the hunt for the CCC title. We won a playoff game. But we can't be content just to have one good season.
"We want to sustain our success for years to come. Our goal as always is to win the conference title."
Whether Valladao's squad makes a run at the CCC title will have a lot to do with how a number of new faces step in to fill some big shoes.
Senior Michael Gutierrez will take over at quarterback.
Valladao is hoping to ease his transition into the starting role by spreading the ball around, utilizing a talented and deep running back corps.
Fullback Armando Garcia is the team's leading returning rusher (55 carries, 307 yards), but Brian Royal, Justice Hayes and Shane Lambert should all get their share of touches.
SENIOR DUSTIN Bender will anchor an inexperienced offensive line that will probably have three junior starters.
"Not everybody knows the names on this team, but we're deeper than we were last season," Bender said. "The seniors saw what it takes to be successful, and we're setting the example for the new guys."
Valladao does have experience in his front seven on defense.
Bender was an all-CCC first-team defensive lineman as a junior, and Morgan and Garcia will be rocks at linebacker.
Ben Finister will anchor the secondary at safety, along with Chris Osborn and Henry Tapia.
"We don't have a lot of starters back, but we've always believed in rotating guys," Valladao said. "So we have a lot of guys that have gotten varsity experience.
"We feel good about this group, and hopefully it will come together."