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Dennis Morris
Free Agent
Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-02-15) February 15, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth: Shreveport, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
College: Louisiana Tech
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 174
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Unrestricted Free Agent
Career highlights and awards

Dennis Morris (born February 15, 1987) is an American football tight end who is currently an unrestricted free agent for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. Morris was an All-American tight end for Louisiana Tech. He was drafted in the sixth round (174th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.

He has also been a member of St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers.

Early lifeEdit

Morris was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he attended and played high school football for Woodlawn High School.[1] A multi-talented athlete, he played wide receiver, running back, quarterback, and linebacker while in high school. In his career, he totaled 1,947 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns, as well as 216 career tackles and eight interceptions. Morris earned all-district honors three times and was named to the Shreveport Times All-City team as a senior.[1]

Morris also ran track and played basketball. As a senior, he was named the District 1-4A MVP in basketball.[1]

College careerEdit

Morris played college football at Louisiana Tech University. He played in 48 career games with 21 starts, and totaled 70 career receptions for 1,144 yards and 16 touchdowns.[2]

As a freshman, Morris played in all 13 games (two started) as a tight end, a position he did not play in high school. In the third game of the season, he recorded 103 receiving yards in a loss against Texas A&M University. On November 4, 2006, he caught his first touchdown reception in a win against the University of North Texas. Morris finished the season with 16 receptions for 284 yards and three touchdowns.[1][2]

Morris played in all 12 games as a sophomore and had nine catches for 79 yards. In addition to playing tight end, he was also used as a blocking back and running back in goal-line situations. On September 8, 2007, he scored his first career rushing touchdown in a 45-44 overtime loss against the University of Hawaii.[1][2] During his junior season, Morris played in all 13 games and started seven. He had seven receptions for 158 yards and one touchdown.[1][2]

As a senior, Morris earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference and All-American honors and had a team-high 38 receptions for 623 yards and 12 touchdowns.[2] His twelve touchdowns were the most nationally by a tight end.[3] On November 21, 2009, he set career-highs in receptions (seven), receiving yards (131) and touchdowns (three) in a loss against Fresno State University.[2] He became the first Louisiana Tech player since 1999 to catch three touchdown passes in a game. When his college career ended, he ranked tenth in school history with 16 touchdown receptions.[3]

Pre-draftEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1⅛ in 265 lb 4.82 s 1.73 s 2.81 s 4.65 s 7.26 s 29 in 9 ft 1 in 20 rep x

Professional careerEdit

Washington RedskinsEdit

Morris was drafted in the sixth round (174th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He signed a four-year $1.823 million contract, including a $118,000 signing bonus, with the Redskins on June 11, 2010.[5]

St. Louis RamsEdit

On August 30, 2010, Morris was traded to the St. Louis Rams for an undisclosed conditional draft pick.[6][7]

San Diego ChargersEdit

On January 12, 2011, Morris was signed to a reserve/future contract by the San Diego Chargers. He was waived/injured on August 24, and after passing through waivers unclaimed, reverted to injured reserve.

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