The 6-3, 273-pounder from Woodham High in Pensacola, Fla., spent a good part of his summer studying for the SAT exam after coming up just short on his next to last chance to make it and still be able to play for the Tigers this fall. The defensive lineman came through in the clutch and qualified in time to go through two-a-days, but he wasn't able to come to campus early and work out with his future teammates like he had previously planned.
"It felt great when I got my test score," Morris says. "I put in a lot of hard work to get it."
Doug Morris is shown on Sunday evening after reporting to campus.
Tommy Tuberville, head coach of the Tigers, says he expects that Morris will line up as a defensive tackle, but Morris is hopeful he can play end, a position at which the Tigers need immediate help. Morris says he has set a goal for himself to be a starter at defensive end as a true freshman. Tuberville says all of the defensive linemen will be studied to see how quick and agile they are and the ones who show the most agility and athletic ability could get their first looks at end.
"I plan to train real hard now that I am here," Morris says. "I am going to do my best to get into the playing rotation." Morris may have the speed to play end. He says he has a best time of 4.7 in the 40-yard dash. Drills that start at 9:30 a.m. on Monday will check out his lateral movement and ability to quickly change directions. "The coaches told me if I can show them I can play, I will get a chance to play this year," Morris says.
When he wasn't studying for the SAT this summer, Morris says he concentrated on working out so he could arrive in top shape at AU. He followed a program sent to him by AU strength and conditioning coach Kevin Yoxall."I did a lot of running and training hard doing bench presses, leg curls, power cleans, leg extensions, power snatches and I run sprints, shuttles and run bleachers." Morris is unusually strong for an incoming freshman. He currently can bench 415 pounds, he squats 495 pounds and power cleans 345 pounds.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Morris broke the school record in the discus as a senior with a toss of 162 feet...Morris had 62 tackles as a senior with seven quarterback sacks...Nobody arrived in more style than the freshman from Pensacola, who came to campus in a limo from his father's business.