Photoshop Phriday: Jamie Morris
Jamie Morris was Michigan’s running back from 1984-87 and thirty years later remains one of the best in Michigan history. I first learned about Morris, a 1987 Michigan Captain, many years ago when reading Bo’s Lasting Lessons. In it Coach Schembechler recalls that he thought Morris was too small to do anything besides run back kicks. Despite that he gave him a shot at the starting RB job and soon Morris was “cutting through our first team defense like a guided missile.” During his time as a starter he broke the single season and career rushing records at Michigan (later to be broken by Anthony Thomas). The 1,703 rushing yards he gained during his senior season remain the third most all time in a year by a Michigan player (Denard Robinson’s 2010 season is 4th with 1,702 yards).
Morris, who recalls Schembechler referring to him as “the cutest little running back” was versatile and reeled in 99 career catches, still a Michigan record for running backs. While searching through his entries in the Michigan record book (where he appears 77 times) I was amazed to learn that Morris is the only running back in Michigan history to have 10 games of at least 100 yards rushing in a single season (1987). He ran for 210 yards against OSU in 1986, a 26-24 Michigan win that Jim Harbaugh famously guaranteed beforehand. After a brief NFL and CFL career Morris returned to Ann Arbor where he worked in development for the athletic department until 2010 (I encourage you to read Endzone to learn more about why he left). When he isn’t hosting his radio show ‘A View from the Backfield’ you can find Morris slicing up a loaf of bacon and caramelized shallot sourdough.