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FB Forecast: DT Zach Morris

Incoming freshman defensive tackle will have his climb up the depth chart put on hold for a year after suffering a torn ACL during summer workouts.

Zach Morris

Position:

DT

Height/Weight:

6-foot-3 / 295 pounds

High School:

Ringgold (GA) / Ringgold

Year:

Freshman

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2014 Review:

Morris was a three star defensive linemen out of Georgia who committed to Duke way back in November of 2013. 

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2015 Preview

Morris enrolled at Duke with hopes of at least getting a shot at playing at some level as a true freshman.  Instead, he suffered a torn ACL over the summer during workouts and will miss the year while recovering.  The hope would be for him to participate Spring Practice at some level.      

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TDD Projection

Morris committed to Duke as a player who had player both defensive end and tackle in high school.  He will end up as a tackle at Duke after getting back from the ACL.  And, unrelated to football, he’ll give Duke fans endless references to a popular NBC Show from the 1990s.

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How he ended up in Durham

The three star prospect chose the Blue Devils over interest from Kentucky, Mississippi State, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt. Morris was quick to commit after visiting for the 2013 game against North Carolina Central and then again on November 15th after Duke beat Miami in Durham. 

"Coach Cutcliffe is not only bringing the players together as a cohesive unit, but also giving them a real sense of family and the most impressive thing I've seen is how invested the fans and the student body have become, and how they've rallied around the team. You could really see it [against Miami] when the team was down early, but the fans really helped drive them to victory." 

Following the decision, Morris continually shot down preliminary interest from other schools and remained firm in his commitment for more than a year. 

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High School Highlights

Four-year letterwinner at Ringgold High School for coach Robert Akins ... listed at No. 54 on the Scout.com strongside defensive end chart ... as a senior, earned Region 6-AAA Defensive Player of the Year honors as voted on by the league’s coaches ... guided the Tigers to an 8-3 overall record in final campaign and a berth in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AAA playoffs ... tallied 54 tackles with 11.0 hits for lost yardage and 6.0 sacks ... earned first team all-state honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]


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