Morris Named Preseason All-American

Hunter Morris was named a preseason All-American on Friday.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers are looking to make the postseason in 2010 in coach John Pawlowski's second season and if they do it could be largely because of the play of junior first baseman Hunter Morris, who on Friday was tabbed a preseason First Team All-America choice by Baseball America.

Morris heads into the 2010 season with a .318 career batting average having collected 22 doubles and 23 home runs, driving in 82 during his first two seasons at Auburn. Despite fighting through multiple injuries last season, Morris is still considered one of the top players in the country this season.

"It's a great honor to be named an All-American," Morris said. "It is preseason though and I have a lot to live up to. It is not any added pressure, just a standard that I set for myself. I am glad to be recognized, but now I have to go out and play to my capability. I hope that I can help lead Auburn to someplace we haven't been in a while."

Morris was a Baseball America Freshman All-American in 2008 when he hit .351 with 15 doubles, 11 home runs and 49 RBI en route to being named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year. Pawlowski said that getting that kind of year would be big for the Tigers in 2010.

"This is a tremendous honor for Hunter as he has worked extremely hard to improve his overall game," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "He will play a major part in helping the Tigers get back to postseason play. Hunter has made Auburn baseball proud with this preseason accolade."

Morris is Auburn's first Baseball America preseason All-American since Mike Bianucci was a third team selection in 2008. The last player to be named an All-American at the end of a season was John Madden, who was named to the NCBWA Third Team. Auburn's last Baseball America All-Americans were First Team selections Todd Faulkner and Gabe Gross in 2000.

Auburn opens the season on Friday, Feb. 19 at 3pm when it plays host to Southeast Missouri State for the first of a three-game series at Plainsman Park.

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