Eric Morris (American football)
Morris being introduced as UIW's head football coach on January 9, 2018
October 26, 1985 |
|Alma mater||Texas Tech University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2012||Washington St. (IWR)|
|2013||Texas Tech (Co-OC/IWR)|
|2014||Texas Tech (OC/WR)|
|2015−2017||Texas Tech (OC/IWR)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2007 Academic All-Big 12
All-Big 12 Second Team
Morris was born in Littlefield, Texas. He attended Shallowater High School in Shallowater, Texas where he played basketball and football at the wide receiver and quarterback positions. Shallowater won the Division 4-2A basketball title during his senior season. Morris's father Ray coached basketball at the school.
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. Morris was named to the first-team Academic All-Big 12 in 2007 and was second-team All-Big 12 for punt returning.
Early Coaching career
In 2010, Morris accepted a position as a graduate assistant for the Houston Cougars, a position at which he remained for two years. 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.
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. 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.
Head coaching record
|Incarnate Word Cardinals (Southland Conference) (2018–present)|
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