By Trey McCurry.
Chad Morris, newly hired offensive coordinator, comes to Clemson after only one year at the University of Tulsa. However, his time with the Golden Hurricane produced some eye-opening results.
This past season Tulsa averaged 216.92 rushing yards and 288.69 passing yards per game, good for 15th and 13th nationally respectively. With 505.62 total yards per game, the Golden Hurricane ranked 5th nationally and was 8th in scoring with 41.38 points per game.
This past season Tulsa, who finished 10-3 with a victory over Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl, had four games of at least 52 points and three more games where they scored at least 41. Also, they had two games of over 600 yards of total offense and five games of over 530 total yards. Obviously, Morris’s spread offense is high powered and geared to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers as quick as possible.
Last season in Tulsa, quarterback G.J. Kinne had an outstanding year leading Morris’s offense. He led the Golden Hurricane rushing attack with 561 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with 3,650 yards passing and 31 touchdowns. Kinne was ranked 4th in the nation with 323.92 total yards per game, more than Heisman winner Cam Newton.
Morris believes in spreading the ball around as 14 different players ran the ball over the course of the year with eight of those scoring touchdowns. Fourteen players also caught a pass for Tulsa with nine different players reaching the endzone.
Morris came to Tulsa after spending 16 years as a prep coach in football-crazed Texas. In 16 years at five separate schools, Morris has reached six Texas state championship game, winning three, and compiled an overall record of 169-38.
In his two years at Lake Travis ISD (2008-09), Morris was 32-0 with back-to-back Texas Class 4A state championships. His 2008 team finished as the nation’s second ranked team by USA Today and eighth by Rivals, while his 2009 team was second by Rivals and ninth by USA Today. While at Lake Travis, Morris also coached current Texas Longhorn quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who set Texas high school single-season passing marks with 4,884 yards and 55 touchdowns in 2008 while also running for 790 yards and 28 TDs.
Prior to Lake Travis, Morris led Stephenville ISD from 2004-07 and implemented his current offense. In his five years at Stephenville, Morris was 49-10 and tutored Jevan Snead, who went on to Ole Miss, and Kody Spano, who went on to Nebraska, as quarterbacks.
Morris captured his first state championship with Bay City in 2000. In his three years at Bay City (2000-02), Morris went 34-8 and played in two state championships while sending both of his quarterbacks on to FBS schools.
Prior to Bay City, Morris lead Elysian Field for two years (1998-99) and finished with a 26-6 mark with appearances in the state championship game each year. Morris first head coaching position was at Eustace Independent (1994-97) where he led his team to an 11-1 record in his final season. Morris began his coaching career at Eustace as the quarterback coach in 1992-93 before getting the head job in 1994.
Morris, who turned 42 in December, graduated from Texas A&M in 1992. The Dallas, Texas native and his wife, Paula, have two children: a daughter Mackenzie and a son Chandler.