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55  Zach Morris
Zach Morris

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Denver, Colo.

High School:
Mullen

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 281

Position:
Defensive Tackle


UW This Season: Zach Morris received two very prestigious honors prior to the 2004 season. First, he was named to the Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List. The Outland Trophy is voted on by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), and honors the top interior lineman in the country at the conclusion of each season. Morris was one of only 57 players nationally named to the preseason list -- along with fellow Wyoming senior center Trenton Franz. Morris' second preseason honor came when he was one of 60 individuals named to the Bronko Nagurski Preseason Watch List. The Nagurski Trophy honors the top defensive player in the nation, regardless of position. It is presented at the conclusion of each season by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). Morris made a position move in the spring of 2004. It marked the second consecutive season that Morris was shifted to a different position on the d-line. He moved from noseguard to defensive tackle in `04 spring drills. In the spring of 2003, he was shifted from bandit (a combination defensive end/outside linebacker spot) to noseguard. Wyoming coaches believe his move to defensive tackle will allow him to use his quickness to make more plays. He has started 20 of 28 career games, including the last 14 consecutive.

2003: Morris sacrificed individual stats for the betterment of the team when he moved inside to noseguard in `03. But despite moving to the noseguard position, he still ranked eighth on the team in tackles (41) -- second most among defensive linemen. He was also second in sacks, with 2.5, and ranked third in tackles for losses, with eight. His two forced fumbles tied him for No 9 in the MWC in that category. Among his best games were on the road at Boise State and Utah. Versus Boise State, Morris was credited with a total of seven tackles, two tackles for losses of 11 yards and one quarterback sack for 10. At Utah, Morris tallied eight tackles and one tackle for a loss.

2002: Morris started seven games at the bandit position during his sophomore season. He was credited with 20 tackles -- 13 unassisted tackles and seven assists -- including four tackles for losses of seven yards and one sack for five yards. Morris also forced one fumble. The Denver native had his best game of the season against Utah, making four tackles, three solos and one assist. Included among those four tackles were two tackles for losses.

2001: He played in four games his true freshman season. He played his first college game in the third game of the 2001 season at Utah State, making one solo tackle. He had two tackles against BYU, both tackles being tackles for losses. His best two games of the season came in the final two games, with four solo tackles at San Diego State and a total of four tackles against Kansas. Morris made his first career start in the season finale at KU.

High School: A basketball and football letterman at Mullen High School in Denver. He was an All-State defensive tackle, and a two-time All-Centennial League selection. He recorded 56 total tackles his senior season and produced 12 sacks, including one for a safety. Morris also recovered four fumbles. As a high school sophomore in 1998, Morris was a member of Mullen's 5A State Championship team. At Mullen High School, he was coached by former UW assistant coach Mick McCall -- now an assistant coach at Bowling Green University. Morris was also recruited by Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State and Oregon.

Personal: Born Jan. 10, 1983, he is one of three children of Trisha Morris and the late Todd Morris. He is majoring in secondary education with an emphasis in social studies.

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