Tez Morris is the true elder statesman of the Pitt secondary, both in terms of games played and the quality of his experience and performance...starter at free safety the last three years...has played in every game during his three active seasons (38) and owns 35 career starts, the most of any Pitt player heading into the 2005 campaign...will be a key leader not only for the secondary but also for the entire defense..."Tez is playing and acting like a senior," defensive coordinator and secondary coach Paul Rhoads said. "He worked very hard this spring to pick up some of the new elements of our system. His experience and knowledge alone will make him an important mainstay."...can deliver a knockout blow and seems to thrive on jarring contact...a well-conditioned athlete who displays an exemplary work ethic in the weight room.
2004: Started all 12 games at free safety...team's third-leading tackler with 85 stops...had three PBUs...finished with a season-high 16 tackles at Temple...totaled eight tackles against Syracuse and West Virginia...had seven tackles versus Utah (Tostitos Fiesta Bowl), South Florida and Connecticut...had six stops against Nebraska, Furman and Boston College.
2003: Played in all 13 games, starting 10 at free safety...team's fourth-leading tackler with 81 stops...had seven total passes defended and one interception on the year...collected a season-high 13 tackles and one fumble recovery at West Virginia...finished with 11 tackles (10 solo) in the win over Texas A&M...named coaching staff's Defensive Player of the Game against the Aggies...had six tackles at Boston College and was named the coaching staff's Co-Defensive Player of the Game...had his lone interception of the season versus Rutgers.
2002: Started all 13 games at free safety in his first active season...ranked second on the team with 119 tackles and two interceptions (tied)...named to The Sporting News Big East All-Freshman Team... in the Insight Bowl victory over Oregon State, Morris was very active with seven tackles, two pass breakups and an interception...Morris' third-quarter interception was a key play in the victory as he returned it 37 yards to the OSU 23...two plays later Pittsburgh scored a touchdown to seize a 17-10 lead it never relinquished ...logged a career-high 17 tackles in the win over Toledo...had 16 stops at Miami, including four special teams tackles...named coaching staff's Co-Defensive Player of the Game and Special Teams Player of the Game for his efforts against the Hurricanes...had a team-high 15 tackles versus West Virginia...named coaching staff Defensive Player of the Game following his 12-tackle performance against Texas A&M...had a productive outing at Notre Dame, finishing with 11 tackles, including a 14-yard sack...also added his first career interception and had two passes defended against the Irish...had a game-high 11 tackles in the win over Virginia Tech...added 11 tackles in the win over Temple...named the coaching staff Special Teams Player of the Game for the Ohio contest...had seven tackles overall versus the Bobcats...made his initial push to earn the starting free safety job during spring drills when he was named a recipient of the Ed Conway Award, annually presented to the team's most improved players.
2001: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: First-team all-star selection in the Greater Miami Conference...first team All-Southwest Ohio... third team All-Ohio...first team all-county..."All-Dream Team" selection by the Southwestern Ohio Coaches Association...first team All-Cincinnati...defensively, started at outside linebacker his final two years and defensive back as a sophomore...started at running back as a senior and sophomore...averaged over 11 tackles per game his final season, compiling 116 stops...also had four caused fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery...earned three letters under Coach Ed Mignery at Hamilton High...also lettered three times in basketball and three times in track.
Personal: Warteze Jaunté Morris, born 7/16/82, is the son of Wallace and Annette Morris...has three sisters and one brother...social sciences major.
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