With no current player on the Oregon roster wearing #87, we decided to go with a blast from the past with Nick Morrison. Morrison is the last player to don the #87 jersey for the Ducks not currently on the roster.
Morrison had a dominant prep career at Cascade High School (Everett, Wash.) before eventually walking on to the Ducks.
Before joining the Ducks, Morrision earned AP All-State first team honors as a linebacker and was selected Herald Net’s All-Area Defensive Football Player of the Year award for the 2008 season. Morrison also was selected to compete in the East-West All-Star game. During his prep career, Morrison earned three varsity letters for football as well as two for baseball.
Morrison elected to go to a lower division school out of high school and enrolled at Reedley Community College (CA) where he played for two seasons. He originally committed to play for Army. Morrison earned a spot as a starting linebacker and led his team to the NorCal championship game.
In 2011, Morrison transferred to Oregon where he was a member of the scout team. He did not see the field during the season.
In 2012, Morrison appeared in six of the Ducks’ 13 games and finished the season with four tackles (two unassisted, two assisted) and one tackle for a loss of five yards. He recorded two tackles in his Oregon debut against Arkansas State, had one tackle against Washington then had a tackle for loss in a win over Colorado.
Morrison competed in the 2013 Oregon Pro Day and put up respectable numbers:
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 260 pounds
- 40-Yard Dash: 5.06
- Vertical Jump: 29″
- Broad Jump: 9’3″
- 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.46
He was not drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft and currently is a free agent. At 260 lbs, he’ll need to bulk up at least 15-20 lbs before he is ready for the everyday rigor that is the NFL.
But with the right drive and determination, he does have a shot at making it in some level of professional football if overseas or in another league for a year or two before trying for the NFL again.