"Coming into fall camp, G-Hop was a guy that really needed to step up and needed to improve himself. I thought he had a ho-hum spring, wasn't what I was wanting him to have or what any of us were wanting him to have in the spring," Morris said. "He wasn't nearly as consistent as what we thought."
Hopper stepped up to the plate and responded.
"He's been consistent, so I've been really pleased with him," Morris said. "He's improved his ball security, which was an issue early in fall camp. I'm excited about him."
Morris was enamored with Hopper when he was a four-star wide receiver at Berry Academy in Charlotte, N.C. Included in his sales pitch was a highlight package of Damaris Johnson, who played the 2-position at Tulsa during Morris' only year there.
Johnson, who caught 19 passes for 256 yards during his rookie season with the Eagles, compares favorably to Hopper. It's a skill set that's an ideal fit for the 2-position in Morris' hurry-up, no-huddle offense.
"I think [Hopper] is a guy that is very electric. His first couple of steps are sudden…he's a great fit for that position and what we do," Morris said. "Now that he's kind of on board with the plan, we'll see if we can keep pushing forward with our plans for him."
Morris also shared his thoughts on a number of players at several different positions.
Quarterback"Not many teams across the country can say their second guy is three years in their system. So, we're very fortunate to have [Cole Stoudt] in that regard. Cole would give us a great opportunity to win. There are some things that [Tajh Boyd] does better than Cole. But there are some things that Cole would bring to the table that we may have to adjust a few things. But we would build on his strengths. Then, Chad Kelly -- Chad has worked extremely hard to get back and has been telling everybody he's going to be back. He's worked as hard as anybody, he and [Sam Cooper] have worked as hard as anybody that I've seen."
Running Back"Zac Brooks, [C.J. Davidson], we look for those three guys right there [including Roderick McDowell]. That's kind of the three we feel like going in. [D.J. Howard]…kind of a wait and see deal, see how he goes this week in his practice and his workout. We're anticipating him being OK, but we'll see."
"We're extremely excited about [Wayne Gallman] and what [he's] done during fall camp. He'll be there, he's available. You and I will know about the same time [if he won't redshirt]."