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Chris Morris
Chris Morris

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lambertville, Mich.

High School:
Temperance-Bedford

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 305

Position:
C

Birthdate:
02/22/1982

Experience:
3L


All-America candidate anchors Michigan State's offensive line from the center position for the third year in a row . . . ranks among the top preseason candidates for the Rimington Trophy, which is presented annually to college football's top center . . . ranked among the nation's top 15 centers by The Sporting News (No. 12) and Phil Steele's College Football Preview (No. 14) . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Athlon Sports . . . Spartan offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland likes his athleticism, especially his ability to move laterally along the line of scrimmage . . . has started 25-consecutive games at center for the Spartans . . . has been a model of consistency, grading out 90 percent or better in 30 of 33 career games played . . . has recorded 137 career pancakes . . . AS A JUNIOR: Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media . . . named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Second Team for the second year in a row . . . earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the third-straight year . . . started all 12 games at center in 2004, scoring 90 percent or better in 11 contests . . . produced a career-best 80 pancake blocks, ranking second on the team behind William Whitticker . . . mainstay on an offensive line that helped produce a rushing attack that ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 10 in the NCAA, averaging 238.5 yards per game . . . did not allow a sack in nearly 400 passing plays (MSU permitted the fewest sacks in the Big Ten, 8) . . . posted a 96-percent grade vs. Hawaii in the season finale, including six pancake blocks, as the Spartans gained 598 total yards . . . graded 98 percent vs. Wisconsin, including nine pancakes, while helping MSU amass 430 yards on the ground . . . scored 96 percent vs. Michigan, including a career-best 15 pancakes, as the Spartans rushed for 368 yards and four touchdowns . . . graded 98 percent each vs. Minnesota, Iowa and Central Michigan . . . played a near-perfect game vs. Illinois, grading out 99 percent with nine pancakes . . . also produced double-digit pancakes vs. Indiana (11) . . . compiled 58 production points on special teams as the short snapper . . . AS A SOPHOMORE: Named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Second Team . . . Academic All-Big Ten pick for the second-straight year . . . started all 13 games at center in 2003 . . . graded out 90 percent or better in 10 of 12 regular-season games . . . ranked second on the team in pancake blocks with 46 . . . produced his top grade of the 2003 season vs. Illinois, scoring 98 percent while recording seven pancakes . . . graded 96 percent vs. Penn State, including three knockdowns . . . scored 95 percent each vs. Notre Dame (seven pancakes), Minnesota and Michigan . . . AS A FRESHMAN: Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . saw action in the first nine games of the 2002 season and played 86.5 minutes . . . sprained his knee in the Nov. 4 practice and missed the final three games (DNP vs. Indiana, Purdue and Penn State) . . . graded out 90 percent or better in all nine games . . . produced a perfect score (100 percent) vs. Notre Dame while playing seven minutes . . . also posted high marks vs. Michigan and Eastern Michigan, scoring 97 percent in each game . . . credited with 11 pancakes, including three each vs. Iowa and Northwestern . . . played a season-high 16.5 minutes vs. Rice . . . 2001 SEASON: Redshirted . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the Midwest's top 80 prospects (No. 79) . . . rated among the state's top players by The Detroit News (No. 11), Detroit Free Press (No. 17) and Lansing State Journal (No. 21) . . . first-team all-state selection . . . recorded 42 tackles as a senior, including nine for losses with five sacks . . . three-year starter at center and defensive tackle for Coach Ray Moran at Bedford Senior High School in Temperance, Mich. . . . two-year starter on the basketball team . . . son of Michael and Jaqueline Morris . . . born Feb. 22, 1983 . . . earned his bachelor's degree in finance in May 2005 . . . currently pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology.

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