Syracuse Orange Top 10: Joe Morris

Full Name: Joseph Edward Morris

Birth date: September 5, 1960

Position: Running Back

Years at SU: 1978-1981

It would have been hard to leave the all-time leading rusher in Syracuse history off the list and many think Morris doesn’t get enough credit for his time at SU.  He rushed  for 4,299 yards, averaged 5.3 yards per carry and 146.9 all-purpose yards per game over his career.  Although he had four years to run up these type of numbers, that shouldn’t be held against him when comparing him to some of the Syracuse greats.   (Freshman were not eligible to play varsity football until 1972.)

Morris holds the SU record for most yards gained in a single game (252) and most 100-yard games in a career (22). At 5 foot 7 inches tall, you would think Morris was just a speed guy, but he was very durable during his playing days.  He has the most rushing attempts (813) in a career and is tied for first with most rushing attempts (261) in a season.  Morris also returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown in the first game played in the Carrier Dome.

Awards & Accomplishments: All-American and Mark Hoffman Outstanding Back Award in 1981; ECAC Offensive Player of the Year in 1980;  Independence Bowl Outstanding Offensive Player in 1979.  Named to Syracuse Football All-Century Team.  Played in the Blue-Grey, East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl games.  Drafted by New York Giants in second round of NFL Draft.  Played 8 seasons in NFL with Giants and Browns.  Won Super Bowl.  Named to Pro Bowl twice.


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