Eric Morris (coach)

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Eric Morris
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Morris in 2008 during his time at Texas Tech
Sport(s) American football
Current position
Title Offensive Coordinator
Team Texas Tech
Conference Big 12
Annual salary $550,000
Biographical details
Born (1985-10-26) October 26, 1985 (age 31)
Littlefield, Texas
Alma mater Texas Tech University
Playing career
2004−2007 Texas Tech
2009−2010 Saskatchewan Roughriders
Position(s) Wide Receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2010 Houston (AOQC)
2011 Houston (GA)
2012 Washington St. (IWR)
2013 Texas Tech (Co-OC/IWR)
2014 Texas Tech (OC/WR)
2015-present Texas Tech (OC/IWR)
Accomplishments and honors
Awards
2007 Academic All-Big 12
All-Big 12 Second Team

Eric Morris (born October 26, 1985), also known as The Elf, is an American football coach. He is currently the offensive coordinator at Texas Tech.

Early life[edit]

Morris was born in Littlefield, Texas. He attended Shallowater High School in Shallowater, Texas and played football at the wide receiver and quarterback positions. Shallowater won the Division 4-2A title during his senior season. Morris's father Ray coached basketball at the school.[1]

College career[edit]

He played college football at the wide receiver position for the Texas Tech Red Raiders under Mike Leach for the 2004-08 seasons. Known for being small and elusive, Morris earned the nickname of "The Elf" during his college playing career.[1] Morris was named to the first-team Academic All-Big 12 in 2007 and was second-team All-Big 12 for punt returning.

Professional career[edit]

Morris was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a street free agent in 2009. He was released in 2010.[2]

Early Coaching career[edit]

In 2010, Morris accepted a position as a graduate assistant for the Houston Cougars, a position at which he remained for two years.[3] In 2011, Morris accepted the position of wide receivers coach at Washington State under his former college coach Mike Leach. Following the conclusion of the 2012 season, Morris accepted the position of co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach at his alma mater Texas Tech under head coach Kliff Kingsbury.[4]

Texas Tech[edit]

Morris was promoted to full offensive coordinator following the departure of Sonny Cumbie in 2014.

Morris led an offense in 2015 that was ranked 2nd in the country in both total yardage and scoring.[5] The offense was led by Sophomore QB Patrick Mahomes who threw for 4,683 yards and 36 TDs and by RB DeAndre Washington who rushed for 1,492 yards and 16 TDs, Washington being the first 1,000 yard rusher at Texas Tech in more than a decade. Morris coached 2016 NFL Draft picks Le'Raven Clark, DeAndre Washington, and Jakeem Grant.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Eric Morris Profile". Texas Tech University. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Graham, Mike. "Texas Tech exes Graham Harrell, Eric Morris released by Saskatchewan". Retrieved 15 December 2012. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Eric Morris Profile". University of Houston. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Floyd, Brian. "Eric Morris joining Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech". CougCenter. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.cfbstats.com/2015/leader/national/team/offense/split01/category10/sort01.html

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