FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 07: Sammy Morris #34 of the New England Patriots takes the ball from quarterback Tom Brady #12 in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns on October 7, 2007 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Browns 34-17. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
I knew that Sammy graduated from Texas Tech, that he played in relative obscurity in Buffalo and Miami for the first 7 years of his career, but three weeks ago I took a flyer on the former Red Raider in part because I needed another running back, but also because he played for Texas Tech. Count my fantasy football team as 2-0 after the "Morris Effect".
Here's one of the amazing things about Morris. In college he was less than impressive and only played 2 years. Not to mention, he didn't even play a full season. Here are his stats while at Texas Tech:
Not that overwhelming, right? I'm still trying to figure out how he was drafted in the 5th round. According to Morris's Wikipedia page he played his redshirt freshman year, he disappeared his sophomore year, was ineligible his junior year and played 9 games his senior year.
The other note that stood out, was that he was born in Oxford, England. You could have given me 100 opportunities and I never would have guessed that. There's a story there, now I just need him to email me.
Morris was suspended in 2006 for taking Sudafed and has been a backup running back for the most part of his career.
This year's been a little different. With New England, Morris has been efficient and productive:
So what's gotten into Sammy the last few weeks? Perhaps it's as simple as getting an opportunity with a team that is good at what it does - win. Whatever it is keep doing it. I'm glad that Morris is experiencing some success (4 years $7 million ain't bad) with a good team.