15   Ryan Morris
Ryan Morris

RS Senior

Carol Stream, IL

High School:
West Chicago

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 196



2008: Saw time in three games at quarterback. Went 1-for-2 on the year with his only completion of the year against Indiana State (9-20) for 17 yards and a first down. Ran two times for five yards at Tennessee (10-4). Appeared in the Toledo game (10-18).

2007: Saw action in the final eight games of the season. Made three starts for injured starter Dan Nicholson. Completed 67-of-127 passes - 52.7 percent - for 727 yards and four touchdowns in the first extensive action of his career. Threw five interceptions and averaged 90.8 yards passing per game. Started the final two games of the season at Navy (11-17) and vs. Ball State (10-14) after Nicholson suffered a concussion. Had his best game with a 24-for-44 effort vs. Ball State (10-14) which included two touchdown passes. 24 completions is tied for seventh and 44 attempts ranks eighth in NIU history. Completed a 45-yard pass to Britt Davis to open a second-quarter drive that resulted in a field goal in that game. Threw a season-long 46-yard touchdown pass at Navy (11-17). Completed a career-best 60 percent (21-of-35) of his passes and threw two touchdowns in that game. Went 13-for-25 for 144 yards in the Western Michigan game. Completed 3-of-8 passes for 68 yards at Wisconsin (10-20), including a 38-yard bomb.

2006: Spent most of the season as team's No. 3 quarterback. Saw action in three games and attempted one pass. Served as No. 2 signal caller in the final two contests of the season, including the bowl game. Made his collegiate debut late in the game vs. Indiana State (9-23). Also saw action in regular season finale at Eastern Michigan (11-24). Attempted first collegiate pass vs. TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl (12-19).

2005: Redshirted.

High School: Served as captain and was named Most Valuable Player as a senior. Earned second-team All-DuPage Valley Conference and honorable mention all-area honors after throwing for 1,850 yards and 11 touchdowns during his final prep season. Lettered during his final two years. Honor Roll member all four years.

Personal: Born Feb. 11, 1987. Finance major. Victory Scholar with a 4.0 spring semester GPA as a graduate student. Son of Daniel and Kathy Morris of Carol Stream, Ill. John Elway and Tom Brady fan.


Year G/GS C-A-I Pct. Yds. TD Lg Yds/Gm Effic.
2006 3/0 0-1-0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2007 8/3 67-127-5 .527 727 4 46 90.8 103.3
2008 3/0 1-2-0 .500 17 0 17 5.7 121.4
Career 14/3 68-130-5 .523 744 4 46 53.1 102.8

Pass Attempts: 44, vs. Ball State, 11-24-07
Pass Completions: 24, vs. Ball State, 11-24-07
Yards: 252, vs. Ball State, 11-24-07
Touchdowns: 2, twice, last vs. Ball State, 11-24-07
Long Gain: 46, at Navy, 11-17-07

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