Junior Offensive Tackle
6-6, 333 pounds
North Mecklenberg HS, Huntersville, N.C.
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, Morris 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.
2004 statsThe junior started seven games at right tackle last year, as he missed the Clemson and Georgia Tech games with an ankle injury. He did return for the Florida State and East Carolina games but wasn't full speed due to the lingering injury.
Despite the ankle woes, Morris had a solid sophomore season for the Wolfpack, as he finished the year with 15 knockdowns, 15 Raleigh Railroads and two intimidations.
- Athlon Sports Preseason All-ACC Third Team
- Phil Steele's Preseason All-ACC Second Team
- Sporting News ACC's #1 Right Tackle Prospect
High School Accolades
- First-team USA Today and Parade All-American
- Ranked the No. 4 offensive tackle in the nation by rivals.com
- 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
RB Coach Dick Portee
It could be a big year for Derek in 2005... a very big year. Morris had a strong spring and will enter his junior season in outstanding shape. He has the potential to be one of the top offensive tackles in the ACC.
Don't be surprised if Morris has an All-ACC and potentially All-American junior season. He's received preseason accolades from several publications and is already considered one of the league's best.