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Eric Morris, a 2008 graduate of Texas Tech, returns to his alma mater where he will coach inside receivers and serve as co-offensive coordinator.
Morris spent the 2012 season as the inside receivers coach on former Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach's staff at Washington State. Prior to heading to Pullman, Morris spent two years on Kevin Sumlin's staff at the University of Houston, as an offensive graduate assistant and as the offensive quality control assistant in 2010.
The receiving corps at Washington State hauled in 3,965 yards in the first year of the Air Raid offense in 2012. Cougar receivers hauled in 23 of the team's 29 total touchdowns scored.
In 2011, Houston's offense led the nation in passing (443.8 ypg), total offense (599.0 ypg) and scoring (50.8 ppg), en route to a 12-1 record including a win over Penn State in the TicketCity Bowl.
Prior to Houston, Morris played in the Canadian Football League. He joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders out of training camp in 2009 and dressed for four games while battling a knee injury.
Morris lettered at Texas Tech from 2005-2008. As a senior wide receiver, he recorded 10 receptions for 89 yards against Mississippi during his final collegiate game in the Cotton Bowl. A versatile, all-around player, Morris was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team as a punt returner by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was a 2007 Academic All-Big 12 Team member.
He is one of only four players in NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision history to be a part of multiple receiving trios with each player recording at least 60 receptions in a season.
Morris received his bachelor's degree in communications studies from Texas Tech in 2008.
A native of Shallowater Texas, and a product of Shallowater High, Morris was named the All-South Plains Super Team Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2003. That season, he finished with 926 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing for another 1,926 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Morris and his wife, Maggie, reside in Lubbock.
2007 - JUNIOR SEASON Academic All-Big 12 First Team ... Big game against Virginia with nine receptions for 77 yards ... also returned three punts for 19 yards ... wrapped up his breakout regular season, making eight catches for 56 yards and his ninth touchdown of the season, a 15-yard second quarter catch-and-run against Oklahoma ... scored at least one touchdown in the last four games of the season ... is now tied for third in the Big 12 with his nine touchdown catches on the season ... led the team in scoring at Texas, registering eight catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns against the Longhorns ... made three catches for 56 yards and a touchdown at Baylor ... set new career-highs with 10 catches for 125 yards and his fifth touchdown of the season against Colorado ... finished second on the team with nine catches for 47 yards at Missouri ... added three catches for 42 yards and his fourth touchdown of the season against Texas A&M ... second quarter score was the first of the Red Raiders five unanswered touchdowns against the Aggies ... hauled in four catches for 93 yards against Iowa State ... 93-yard output marked the third-highest total of his career ... also returned two punts for 43 yards, including his season-long 34-yarder that setup Tech's second scoring drive of the first quarter against the Cyclones ... made two catches for 42 yards and caught a touchdown for the third consecutive week against Northwestern State ... also returned three punts for 25 yards against the Demons ... hauled in two passes for 16 yards and caught a touchdown for the second time in as many weeks at Oklahoma State ... had three catches, netting 12 yards and his first touchdown reception of the 2007 season late in the second quarter at Rice ...turned in another productive outing from the H-receiver position, making seven catches for 75 yards against UTEP ... also brought back two punts for 21 yards ... finished with seven catches for 70 yards in the season opener at SMU ... 70 receiving yards were good for third highest on the team and four of his seven catches resulted in first downs for the offense ... also returned three punts, netting 15 yards ... small, elusive and quick ... referred to as "The Elf."
2006 - SOPHOMORE SEASON Second on the team with 13.9 yards per reception ... grabbed 25 receptions on the season, backing up the inside receiver slot ... had 347 yards and scored once ... also returned 12 kickoffs 201 yards ... caught two passes for 31 yards against Minnesota ... 20-yard reception in fourth quarter sparked first touchdown of the frame during Red Raider comeback ... made three catches for a total of 44 yards against Oklahoma State ... long reception of 25 yards to the one-yard line set up a field goal to give Tech a 27-17 lead late in the third quarter ... had two catches for 17 yards and his first-career receiving touchdown against the Longhorns ... first quarter touchdown came from three yards out and gave Tech a 13-0 lead ... one of nine players to catch a pass against A&M, gaining 24 yards on his lone reception ... also got his first rush of the season and picked up six yards ... led the team with his game-high four catches and 98 yards against Southeastern Louisiana, including a long reception of 31 ... nearly equaled his previous career receiving total of 103.
2005 - FRESHMAN SEASON Solid contributions during redshirt freshman season ... caught 10 passes for 80 yards and rushed once for 19 yards and a touchdown ... also returned six punts for 69 yards ... opened the season with three catches for 37 yards in first collegiate game against Florida International ... rushed for 19 yards on a carry and scored in the win over Sam Houston State ... also caught a pass for five yards ... grabbed two receptions for 12 yards against Indiana State ... had a catch for seven yards in the win over Kansas ... caught two receptions for 20 yards against Kansas State.
2004 - REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.
SHALLOWATER HIGH SCHOOL Shallowater High School in Shallowater, Texas ... All-South Plains Super Team Offensive Player of the Year senior season (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) ... All-South Plains Super Team junior season (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) ... helped lead SHS to second-straight Class 2A Division I state semifinal senior season ... team won District 4-2A title ... finished the 2003 season with 926 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns ... also threw for 22 touchdowns and 1,926 yards ... played wide receiver as a junior and caught 52 passes for 1,068 yards ... returned 18 kicks and punts for touchdowns in his high school career ... father, Ray, coaches SHS's boys' basketball team ... averaging 16 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals per game during senior season ... High School Coach: Keith Kitchens.
PERSONAL Eric Morris ... born October 26, 1985, in Littlefield, Texas ... son of Roxann and Ray Morris ... has an older brother, Aaron, and younger brother, Andrew ... also has a sister-in-law, Sarah ... graduated in top 10 percent of class.