Guy Morriss Named UK Head Football Coach
Head Football Coach, University of Kentucky
Guy Morriss was named head coach of the University of Kentucky football team on Feb. 6, 2001.
Morriss spent the previous four seasons on the UK staff as assistant head coach and offensive line coach. An outstanding teacher of line play, Morriss has played a central role in the record-setting offensive numbers posted by the Wildcats. Over the last four seasons the UK offense has scored more points and generated more yards than any previous four-year period in school history. The UK record book for passing and total offense has been rewritten and numerous Southeastern Conference and NCAA records also have been broken.
During the 2000 season, Morriss O-Line did an excellent job protecting freshman quarterback Jared Lorenzen, who broke six NCAA records for passing and total offense. The line allowed only 22 sacks, the fewest of Morriss four seasons at UK. Guard/tackle Omar Smith was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference and tackle Antonio Hall was selected first-team Freshman All-America and Freshman All-SEC.
Morriss faced a formidable task in the 1999 season, replacing all five starters from the 1998 line, but the calm Texan handled the challenge admirably. Morriss youthful unit not a senior among them enabled UK to post solid offensive numbers and advance to the HomePoint.com Music City Bowl. Guard Kip Sixbery earned first-team Freshman All-America honors.
Morriss 1998 line was the power plant for the UK offense that set single-season school records for points and total offense en route to a berth in the Outback Bowl. Two more players were honored, as tackle Kris Comstock was chosen first-team All-SEC and tackle Matt Brown was a third-team Freshman All-American.
Morriss had another first-team All-SEC honoree, guard John Schlarman, in the 1997 campaign. All totaled, he has had three first-team All-SEC players and three freshman All-Americans during his term at UK.
Kentucky has ranked in the top 15 in the nation in passing offense all four years that Morriss has been with the team and in the nations top 15 in total offense in three of those seasons. In 1996, the year before Morriss arrival, UK finished 109th in the nation in total offense.
Morriss came to UK from Mississippi State, where he coached the offensive line in 1996. MSU tackle Brent Smith garnered first-team All-SEC honors and was a second-round selection of the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League draft.
Offensive success is nothing new for Morriss, who has 18 years of National Football League experience, 15 years as a player and three as a coach.
Morriss was an All-Southwest Conference offensive guard at Texas Christian University. Following his senior year, he played in four all-star games the Blue-Gray Game, Senior Bowl, Coaches All-America Game, and the College All-Star Game. Morriss went on to a 15-year career in the NFL. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1973-83. He played in the 1981 Super Bowl, was named All-Pro in 1981, and was team captain for five seasons. He played for the New England Patriots in from 1984-87 and played in the 1986 Super Bowl.
Morriss began his coaching career with the Patriots in 1988-89. He was the offensive coordinator at Mansfield (Tex.) HS in 1991. He was appointed head coach of the Washington Marauders of the Professional Spring Football League in 1992, but the league ceased operations just before the start of the season. Morriss took his first collegiate coaching position with Valdosta State University in 1992-93. He returned to the professional ranks with the Arizona Cardinals in 1994 and the Canadian Football Leagues San Antonio Texans in 1995.
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Coaching Career New England (NFL) Offensive Line 1988-89 Mansfield HS Offensive Coordinator 1991 Washington (PSFL) Head Coach 1992 Valdosta State Offensive Line 1992-93 Arizona (NFL) Offensive Line 1994 San Antonio (CFL) Offensive Line 1995 Mississippi State Offensive Line 1996 Kentucky Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Line 1997-2000 Kentucky Head Coach 2001-