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Derrick Morse

position

Offensive Line

Height

6-4

Weight

295 lbs.

Class

Sophomore

Hometown

Fort Myers, Fla.

High School

Estero HS

CAREER: Most experienced member of the offensive line and honorable mention All-ACC honoree in 2006…Has started 18 of 29 games played over the last three seasons…Starting right guard in 2006 might get a look at center for 2007…Steady and underrated player who gained valuable playing time by starting the final six games of the 2004 season as a redshirt freshman, then missed much of 2005 with an injury before returning to start all of 2006…Excellent zone blocker who impressed coaches with his work ethic and development in his redshirt season in 2003…Graduated high school early and enrolled at UM in January 2003…Graduated in 2006 with a degree in criminology and is pursuing a second degree in liberal arts.

 

2006 (JUNIOR): Honorable mention All-ACC honoree…Started all 12 games played at right guard…Graded 84 percent for the season, with only one sack allowed…Received the team’s Walt Kichefski Award for commitment, consistency and work ethic…Played the entire game nine times (played into the third quarter vs. Florida A&M, played all but the final series vs. North Carolina, and played all but the final drive vs. FIU)…Began the season by starting his first game in two years at right guard and playing the entire game…Did not play at Duke.

 

2005 (SOPHOMORE): Backup guard who played in five games after missing the first month of the season with a shoulder injury…Suffered the injury during summer camp and did not play in the first four games…For the year, had two pancake blocks and three metrorails, with no sacks allowed…Played as a reserve right guard in the second half of the Duke game, seeing his first action of the season…Played most of the Temple game…Played the final drive vs. North Carolina at right guard…Played right guard for the fourth quarter at Wake Forest…Did not play vs. Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Virginia…Played on the final series of the Peach Bowl vs. Louisiana State.

 

2004 (FRESHMAN): Started the final six games of the season at right guard after Tyler McMeans was injured…Showed enormous potential by posting five metrorails vs. Clemson and four vs. Wake Forest, with a total of 15 for the season…Also had seven pancake blocks, at least one in five straight games the second half of the year.

 

2003 (REDSHIRT): One of the team’s most impressive true freshmen…A standout on the scout team…Spent the season as a redshirt.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: Was a consensus choice as one of the finest offensive linemen in Florida…As a junior in 2001, recorded 74 pancake blocks in a 10-game season…Rated the No. 38 offensive lineman in the country by Allen Wallace’s SuperPrep…A SuperPrep All-American…The No. 26 player in Florida by SuperPrep…Rated the nation’s No. 24 offensive guard by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report…The No. 29 player in Florida on the Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100…Third-team selection of the Fox Sports Net All-South Team…Chose Miami over Clemson, Florida and North Carolina…Coached by Billy Swats.

2004 totals: 12 games, 6 starts
2005 totals: 5 games, 0 starts
2006 totals: 12 games, 12 starts
Career totals: 29 games, 18 starts