2015 NFL DRAFT

James Morris, ILB

School: Iowa  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Solon, IA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 241 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
263127-FA
Career Notes
Ranks sixth in career tackles with 392... tied for third in the Big Ten with four interceptions... ranks fifth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (1.21) and eighth in tackles per game (8.2)... ranked third in the Big Ten and tied for 31st nationally in tackles per game (9.4) in 2012... ranked fifth in the Big Ten and tied for 37th nationally in tackles per game (9.2) in 2011... one of six seniors named to 2013 Leadership Group... one of four juniors named to 2012 Leadership Group... one of four sophomores named to 2011 Leadership Group... one of nine true freshmen to see action in 2010.
2013 Season
Listed as first team linebacker following spring practice... started at middle linebacker in 30-27 opening loss to Northern Illinois... recorded six tackles vs. NIU, including two solo stops, four assists and two tackles for loss... started at middle linebacker in 28-14 win over Missouri State as defense allowed just 197 yards total offense... recorded three solo tackles and three assists vs. Missouri State, along with a forced fumble and one pass break-up... started at middle linebacker in 27-21 win at Iowa State as defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards... recorded one solo tackle and three assists at ISU, along with an interception and 27-yard return late in the second quarter that led directly to Iowa field goal... started at middle linebacker in 59-3 win over Western Michigan as defense allowed just 209 yards total offense... recorded seven tackles, including five solo stops and one tackle for loss, in win over WMU... started at middle linebacker in 23-7 win at Minnesota... four solo tackles and four assists vs. Minnesota, including one QB sack... also had second interception of the season with four minutes remaining to stop final Minnesota drive... started at middle linebacker in 26-14 loss to Michigan State... recorded 12 tackles vs. MSU, including six solo stops and six assists, along with his third interception of the season.Started at middle linebacker in 34-24 loss at Ohio State... matched career-high with 13 tackles at OSU, including seven solo stops, six assists and a QB sack... started at middle linebacker in 17-10 OT win over Northwestern... eight tackles vs. Northwestern, including four solo stops and four assists... recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, including two QB sacks, along with one recovered fumble vs. Wildcats... started at linebacker in 28-9 loss to Wisconsin... led team with 12 tackles vs. Badgers, including two tackles for loss and one QB sack... started at middle linebacker in 38-14 win at Purdue as defense allowed just 53 net rushing yards... recorded three solo tackles and two assists at Purdue, including a shared tackle for loss... started at middle linebacker in 24-21 win over Michigan as defense allowed just 60 net rushing yards and 158 yards total offense... shared team lead with eight tackles, including three solo stops and five assists vs. Michigan... also had 1.5 tackles for loss, one pass break-up and one QB pressure... started at middle linebacker in 38-17 win at Nebraska as defense allowed just 89 net rushing yards... recorded 10 tackles, including five solo stops and five assists at Nebraska, along with four tackles for loss and a QB sack... also had fourth interception of the season, with 18-yard return leading to Iowa's first touchdown... also had one forced fumble, one pass break-up and a QB pressure.
2012 Season
Played in all 12 games, with 11 starts ... did not start at Michigan, seeing limited action due to injury ... ranked second on team with 113 tackles, including 52 solo tackles and 61 assists ... also had nine tackles for loss and 1.5 QB sacks, four pass break-ups, one interception, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble ... started at middle linebacker in 18-17 win over Northern Illinois as defense allowed just 201 yards total offense ... recorded four solo tackles and four assists vs. NIU, including one tackle for loss ... started at middle linebacker in 9-6 loss to Iowa State ... recorded 12 tackles vs. ISU, including eight solo stops and a pass break-up ... recovered one ISU fumble and had pass interception and 49-yard return, with both turnovers coming in the red zone to stop ISU scoring threats ... started at middle linebacker in 27-16 win over Northern Iowa ... recorded eight tackles vs. UNI, including a shared tackle for loss ... started at middle linebacker in 32-31 loss to Central Michigan ... recorded 12 tackles vs. CMU, including three solo tackles and nine assists ... also collected one QB sack, a shared tackle for loss and a QB pressure ... started at middle linebacker in 31-13 win over Minnesota as defense allowed just 299 yards total offense ... recorded 10 tackles vs. Minnesota, including four solo stops and six assists ... also had one QB sack and a pass break-up.Started at middle linebacker in 19-16 win at Michigan State ... collected four solo tackles and six assists at MSU, including one tackle for loss, and added one pass break-up ... started at middle linebacker in 38-14 loss to Penn State ... recorded 12 tackles vs. PSU, including four solo stops and eight assists ... started at middle linebacker in 28-17 loss at Northwestern ... recorded three solo tackles and three assists at Northwestern, and also added a forced fumble to keep Northwestern from a fourth down conversion in the third quarter ... started at middle linebacker in 24-21 loss at Indiana ... recorded five solo tackles and one assist at Indiana, including two tackles for loss and a pass break-up ... started at middle linebacker in 27-24 loss to Purdue ... recorded 11 tackles vs. Purdue, including five solo tackles and six assists, despite missing part of the contest due to injury ... saw limited action in 42-17 loss at Michigan due to injury, recording four solo tackles ... started at middle linebacker in 13-7 loss to Nebraska ... led team with 13 tackles vs. Nebraska to match career-high, including six solo stops and seven assists, including two tackles for loss.
2011 Season
Academic all-Big Ten ... honorable mention all-Big Ten by both league coaches and media ... third team all-Big Ten by College Football Madness and Phil Steele. 2011 Preseason Honors - - Second team preseason All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports, Lindy's Football Preview and Phil Steele's College Football ...Started all 12 games he played, recording 52 solo tackles and 58 assists to share team lead in tackles ... also had 3.5 tackles for loss, one interception, one pass break-up and one QB pressure ... started at middle linebacker in 34-9 opening win over Tennessee Tech ... recorded 10 tackles, including four solo stops, in opening win, along with first career interception and 52 yard return that led to Iowa field goal ... started at middle linebacker in triple-overtime loss at Iowa State, recording seven solo tackles ... started at middle linebacker in 31-27 win over Pittsburgh ... matched career-high with 13 tackles vs. Pitt, including six solo tackles and seven assists ... started a t middle linebacker in 45-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe as defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards ... recorded five solo tackles and five assists vs. ULM ... started at middle linebacker in 13-3 loss at Penn State ... matched career-high with 13 tackles at PSU, including five solo stops and a shared tackle for loss ... did not see action in 41-31 win over Northwestern due to injury ... started at middle linebacker in 45-24 win over Indiana ... recorded 10 tackles vs. Hoosiers, including two solo tackles and eight assists, along with a shared tackle for loss.Started at weakside linebacker in 22-21 loss at Minnesota ... matched career high with 13 tackles vs. Gophers, including 10 solo stops and one tackle for loss ... stasrted at weakside linebacker in 24-16 win over 13th-ranked Michigan as defense allowed just 323 yards total offense ... recorded eight tackles vs. Wolverines, including four solo stops ... started at weakside linebacker in 37-21 loss to Michigan State, recording four assisted tackles and one QB pressure ... started at weakside linebacker in 31-21 win at Purdue, recording four solo tackles, including one tackle for loss, as defense allowed just 282 yards total offense ... started at weakside linebacker in 20-7 loss at Nebraska ... matched career-high with 13 tackles at Nebraska, colleecting a shared tackle for loss and one pass brreak-up ... started at weakside linebacker in Insight Bowl loss to Oklahoma, but saw limited action due to injury ... recorded two solo tackles and three assists as defense allowed just 275 yards total offense.
2010 Season
First team Freshman All-America by CollegeFootballNews.com ... third team Freshman All-America by Phil Steele's College Football ... Big Ten Conference all-Freshman team by Rivals.com ... Next Man In Award, Defense ...saw action in all 13 games, with six starts at middle linebacker ... ranked fourth in team with 70 tackles, including 23 solo stops, 2.5 tackles for loss and four pass break-ups ... saw action in 37-7 opening win over Eastern Illinois, recording one assisted tackle ... saw action in 35-7 win over Iowa State, but had no statistics ... saw action in 34-27 loss at Arizona, but had no statistics ... saw action in 45-0 win over Ball State, recording two assisted tackles as defense allowed just 112 yards total offense ... saw action in 24-3 win over Penn State as defense allowed just 54 net rushing yards and 301 yards total offense ... recorded career-high seven tackles vs. Penn State, along with one pass break-up ... saw action in 38-28 win at Michigan, recording one assisted tackle ... saw action in 31-30 loss to Wisconsin, recording four assisted tackles ... started at middle linebacker in 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State as defense allowed just 31 net rushing yards and 258 yards total offense.Recorded career-best nine tackles vs. MSU in first career start ... started at middle linebacker in 18-13 win at Indiana as defense allowed just 91 net rushing yards ... matched career-high with nine tackles for the second straight week ... also had a shared tackle for loss, two pass break-ups and a QB pressure vs. Hoosiers ... started at middle linebacker in 21-17 loss at Northwestern ... collected career-best 13 tackles vs. Wildcats, including seven solo tackles and first career QB sack ... started at middle linebacker in 20-17 loss to Ohio State ... recorded nine tackles vs. OSU, including one solo stop and eight assists ... started at middle linebacker in 27-24 loss at Minnesota, recording six solo tackles, two assists and one pass break-up ... started at middle linebacker in 27-24 Insight Bowl win over 12th-ranked Missouri ... recorded five solo tackles and two assists vs. Missouri, including one tackle for loss.
High School
Gatorade Player of the Year in Iowa as a junior and senior ... three time first team all-state, including elite team selecton as a senior ... three-time all-district selection . . named district offensive MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior ... helped prep team win 41 straight games and three consecutive Class 2A state titles as linebacker and running back ... high school team went undefeated from sophomore to senior season ... team posted 11-2 record during freshman year, reaching state championship game ... also played quarterback during portions of senior season, passing for 500 yards and seven touchdowns ... team captain as a senior ... ranks among top 10 in state of Iowa for career rushing yards, touchdowns and points scored ... rushed for 2,247 yards and scored 40 touchdowns as a senior ... gained 6,646 career rushing yards ... collected 276 career tackles and four interceptions ... holds school records for single season and career for total yards and scoring ... set school record for touchdowns in a single game ... rushed for 2,100 yards and 38 touchdowns as a junior ... rushed for 1,900 yards and scored 32 touchdowns as a sophomore ... also lettered four times in wrestling and track.
Personal
Born 11/20/91 ... political science/pre-law major ... member of National Honor Society and posted a 3.95 prep GPA ... parents are Lynn and Greg Morris ... high school coach was Kevin Miller.
 
Player News
01/01/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Iowa is 14-11-1 and returning to the post-season after a one-year absence. Iowa LB James Morris is a versatile defender who can make things hard for Jennings and Co. He has been effective rushing the passer, stopping the run and playing pass defense. - The Sports Xchange
 

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