August 18, 2008

Morris, return game look to excel in '08

Five seasons removed from the Wes Welker-era, and with dependable return man Danny Amendola pursuing his NFL dream, Texas Tech students and fans may have new reason to get excited about the return game. With the return of senior Eric Morris and the infusion of some fresh talent at returner, it is clear why there is a buzz in the air surrounding the special teams department.

For Morris, in his final year, he stresses the importance of the big play and giving the offense great starting field position.

"Our first goal every punt return is to get ten yards, or a first down," explained Morris. "Our averages were good last year, about ten to eleven yards, which is alright, but we need to hit some big plays and give our guys good field position. It is something I am watching on film; hopefully I can get better reads and see the field better, to ignite the special teams play. No fair catches are my motto for this season."

Junior cornerback Jamar Wall, who will serve as Morris' understudy in 2008, knows that the Shallowater native is the man for the job.

"Emo has great hands back there," he said. "He does not like to fair catch anything. His quickness and agility make him really hard to bring down. He is always focused on improving his game every time he touches the ball. I think he will definitely produce some big plays on special teams. He may not be Wes Welker, but he is right up there with him."

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