|Intro||American football player|
|Is||American football player Football player Athlete Canadian football player|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||26 October 1985, Littlefield, USA|
Eric Morris (born October 26, 1985) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at the University of the Incarnate Word.
Morris was born in Littlefield, Texas. He attended Shallowater High School in Shallowater, Texas where he played basketball and football at the wide receiver and quarterback positions. Shallowater won the Division 4-2A basketball title during his senior season. Morris's father Ray coached basketball at the school.
Morris played college football at the wide receiver position for the Texas Tech Red Raiders under Mike Leach from 2004 to 2008. Known for being small and elusive, Morris earned the nickname of "The Elf" during his college playing career. Morris was named to the first-team Academic All-Big 12 in 2007 and was second-team All-Big 12 for punt returning.
Morris was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a street free agent in 2009. He was released in 2010.
Early coaching career
In 2010, Morris accepted a position as a graduate assistant for the Houston Cougars, a position at which he remained for two years. In 2011, Morris accepted the position of wide receivers coach at Washington State under his former college coach Mike Leach. Following the conclusion of the 2012 season, Morris accepted the position of co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach at his alma mater Texas Tech under head coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Morris was promoted to full offensive coordinator following the departure of Sonny Cumbie in 2014.
Morris led an offense in 2015 that was ranked 2nd in the country in both total yardage and scoring. The offense was led by Sophomore QB Patrick Mahomes who threw for 4,683 yards and 36 TDs and by RB DeAndré Washington who rushed for 1,492 yards and 16 TDs, Washington being the first 1,000-yard rusher at Texas Tech in more than a decade. Morris coached 2016 NFL Draft picks Le'Raven Clark, DeAndré Washington, and Jakeem Grant.
On December 30, 2017, Morris was named head coach at the University of the Incarnate Word (FCS) in San Antonio, Texas. In 2018, Morris' first season at UIW, he led the Cardinals to a 6–5 record, a share of the Southland Conference championship, and an FCS Playoffs birth. Following a record-breaking season full of firsts for the UIW football program, Morris was selected as the 2018 Southland Conference Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award National Coach of the Year.
Head coaching record
|Incarnate Word Cardinals (Southland Conference)|
|2018||Incarnate Word||6–5||6–2||T–1st||L FCS First Round|