StateFans Player Profile: OT Derek Morris

StateFans takes a look at Offensive Tackle Derek Morris.

Derek Morris

No. 71

Sophomore Offensive Tackle

6-6, 340 pounds

North Mecklenberg, Huntersville, N.C.

2003 stats

- Derek was held out of NC State's first seven games of the season before playing against Clemson. After a strong debut against the Tigers, Derek would start against Duke the next week and the final five games of the year at right tackle. Highlight of the season was a field goal block late in the fourth quarter against Florida State which forced overtime.

High School Accolades

- First-team USA Today and Parade All-American

- Ranked the No. 4 offensive tackle in the nation by

- Named a top 50 player in the country by SuperPrep Magazine

- Ranked the No. 4 offensive lineman in the nation by The Insiders

- Ranked the nation's top offensive lineman by G&W

- First offensive lineman ever to win Shrine Bowl MVP honors

Recruited By:

RB Coach Dick Portee

2004 Outlook

It could be a big year for Derek in 2004... a very big year. After starting the final five games of the season and playing outstanding at right tackle, Morris had a terrific spring and is reportedly in great shape. He enters his sophomore season with the chance to anchor one of the best offensive lines in the ACC.

Recognition potential

Don't be surprised if Morris has an All-ACC and potentially All-American sophomore season.

Photos Courtesy of Gene Galin and

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