#12 Stephon Morris
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Team: Penn State|
Hometown: Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt
Penn State ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 16 in the nation in pass defense in 2010 and one of
the primary contributors to the strong effort against the pass was Stephon Morris. The cornerback saw
action in every game, starting in 10, including the first seven and the 2011 Outback Bowl. The multi-
talented and athletic Morris is a strong defender and a hard-hitting player. The quick and instinctive
player doesn't shy away from contact and has a knack for finding the ball. His 39 tackles in 2010 ranked
ninth on the team, while his 28 solo stops were No. 7. Morris likely will continue to battle senior Chaz
Powell this season for a starting berth amongst the veteran secondary. The aggressive tackler also
should continue to be a strong contributor on special teams. Morris joins Derrick Thomas as the two
Nittany Lions who attended Eleanor Roosevelt HS, the alma mater of former Penn State star Derrick
Williams. Morris is among nine returning Maryland natives on the squad.|
2010 Sophomore Season
Morris started 10 games, including the first seven and the 2011 Outback Bowl with Florida. Playing in
every contest, he recorded 39 tackles (28 solo) to rank ninth on the squad, with 0.5 tackles for loss. His
28 solo stops were No. 7 on the squad. He made two tackles and had a pass breakup in the season-
opener with Youngstown State. Morris recorded a team- and career-high nine tackles against Kent
State. He posted five-tackle games against Iowa and Minnesota and made three tackles each against
Ohio State and Indiana. Morris made two solo stops against the Gators in Tampa. He played on 784
snaps, led by 93 at Minnesota and 91 against Florida.
2009 Freshman Season
Morris saw action in all 13 games and logged the most plays among the eight true freshmen who
earned playing time. He made 30 tackles (24 solo), grabbed an interception and broke up two passes.
He also delivered one hit for a loss at Michigan State, where he made his first career start. With A.J.
Wallace injured and out of the lineup, Morris made the most of his first career start in the battle for the
Land Grant Trophy. The aggressive defender tied his season-high with five tackles (four solo) and
played a significant role in limiting the Spartans to just 14 points, 17 below their average. In the Capital
One Bowl against LSU, he tied his season-high by recording five solo tackles in the big 19-17 win.
Morris also posted a season-high five stops against Ohio State. He made three solo stops in the 34-13
win at Northwestern and three hits in the Senior Day victory over Indiana. Morris saw his playing time
increase in the second half of the season as he became more comfortable, making 23 stops in the final
six games. He pulled down his first career interception at Illinois on a Juice Williams' pass, returning it
70 yards on the final play of the first half. In addition to playing a significant role in the secondary,
Morris established himself as an impact player on special teams. He was on the field for 505 snaps, the
highest total among the 2009 true freshmen, led by 77 in the win at Northwestern and 70 against
An exceptional cornerback, running back and kick returner for Coach Tom Green at Eleanor Roosevelt
HS, Morris earned first-team all-county and all-league honors. He also was an honorable-mention all-
state pick. Morris recorded 46 tackles, 16 of which were for losses, during his senior season. He forced
four fumbles, grabbed three interceptions and scored six touchdowns. Morris was a three-year captain
of the football team and also ran track.
Full name is Stephon Antoine Morris. He is the son of Roman Morris and Cynthia Spriggs. A cousin,
Travon Bellamy, was a defensive back at Illinois. In his spare time, Morris likes to work out, play video
games and cook. He is a telecommunications major and is interested in becoming a chef, a sports
announcer or business owner. Born January 12, 1991 in Washington, D.C.