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Boston Conservatory dance student will compete for cash

MICHAEL MORRIS JR.

Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff

MICHAEL MORRIS JR.

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Boston Conservatory student Michael Morris Jr. has never been a fan of football, but on Tuesday he was out at dusk near the Fenway to practice his throwing skills. That’s because Morris, a 19-year-old dance major, is a finalist in a Dr Pepper-sponsored tuition contest. The soda company is bringing students to various title games around the country to see who can throw the most footballs through a 2-foot hole in 30 seconds. The two top throwers will face off at halftime for $100,000 in tuition. Morris’s game is the Pac-12 Championship in Arizona on Saturday. He told us that he’s confident he can win the money, partly because he’s been practicing daily with Boston Conservatory’s vice president for finance and planning, Eric Norman, who used to play the game. “Football was the one sport I told my parents I’d never play,” Morris told us, laughing. Of course, Morris has seen some football. He said one of his favorite dance performances was Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show.

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