Throughout his entire football life, Eric Morris has accomplished things he wasn’t supposed to do.
Coming from tiny Littlefield, Texas, and standing at 5-8, Morris carried the nickname “The Elf” as a Texas Tech player. After a redshirt season, Morris slid into the Texas Tech offense as a slot receiver and proceeded to catch 184 passes from 2005-08, accumulating 149 grabs for 1,538 yards and 18 scores over his junior and senior seasons.
After a season in the Canadian Football League, Morris began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Kevin Sumlin and Kliff Kingsbury at Houston. Then, he joined former coach Mike Leach’s staff in his first season at Washington State. Now, at age 27, he’s back in Lubbock and reunited with Kingsbury, serving as the co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach.
In advance of the most-anticipated spring game in the history of Texas Tech football, the Red Raiders’ camera caught up with Morris at a recent practice. In his second stint in Lubbock, his role may be different but his task is the same: prove people wrong.