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Morris Watts
Morris  Watts

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Alma Mater:
University of Tulsa

Phone: 989-774-3896

Morris Watts has made a significant impact on Central Michigan's offense in his three seasons as the Chippewas' passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach and was recently named the offensive coordinator.

The 2013 season saw Watts tutor a trio of first-time starters including redshirt freshman Cooper Rush, who started the final 10 games of the season. Rush threw for 2,349 yards and 15 touchdowns, completing 177-of-312 passes. He ranked fifth in the MAC with 213.5 passing yards per game.

In 2012, Ryan Radcliff continued to flourish under Watts' guidance, capping off his time as a Chippewa with a standout senior season. He posted the best touchdown-to-interception ratio of his career (23-9) and threw for 3,000-plus yards (3,158) for the third consecutive year. In his final game in the maroon and gold, Radcliff earned Little Caesars Pizza Bowl MVP honors after passing for 253 yards and three touchdowns in the 24-21 win over Western Kentucky.

In 2011, Radcliff posted one of the top passing seasons in school history under Watts' tutelage. Radcliff completed 257 passes for 3,286 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2011; each of those totals ranks fourth in school history. Radcliff posted five 300-yard games in 2011, including a career-best 436-yard performance (third most yards in a game in school history) on 30-of-45 passing at Ball State on Oct. 22.

In eight Mid-American Conference games, Radcliff threw for a league-high 2,491 yards (311.4 ypg) and tied for the MAC lead with 19 touchdown passes. He threw two or more touchdown passes in seven of the season's final eight games.

Watts is a 44-year veteran of collegiate and professional coaching who has coached in 14 bowl games. He was the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Michigan State during current CMU head coach Dan Enos' playing career (1987-90).

The 2014 season will be Watts' 51st overall in coaching. He has 41 years of experience at the college level, three at the professional level and six at the high school level. Watts has the most college and pro experience of any current NCAA Bowl Subdivision coach.

Watts came to CMU from Miami, where as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach he helped lead the RedHawks to the Mid-American Conference championship and a victory in the Bowl in 2010.

During his career, Watts has worked directly with several quarterbacks who have played professionally, including Indiana's Tim Clifford; Michigan State's Jim Miller, Tony Banks and Jeff Smoker; Cliff Stoudt of the USFL's Birmingham Stallions; and Vinny Testeverde of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Prior to joining the Miami staff in 2009, Watts had most recently coached at the collegiate level at Mississippi State in 2003, serving as the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator.

He spent three different terms as the offensive coordinator at Michigan State, including the duration of Enos' playing career. During Enos' two seasons (1989-90) as the starting quarterback, the pair helped lead the Spartans to two bowl victories and a share of the 1990 Big Ten championship.

Watts was the offensive coordinator at Michigan State from 1986-90, 1992-94 and 1999-2002. He also was the interim head coach for the final three games of the 2002 season. In 2001, Watts was nominated for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach.

Watts spent the 1995-98 seasons at LSU, helping lead the Tigers to a total of 31 wins, including three consecutive bowl victories. The 1995 and 1997 teams won the Independence Bowl, while the 1996 squad capped a 10-win season with a victory in the Peach Bowl.

A 1961 graduate of the University of Tulsa, Watts played running back for the Golden Hurricane. He earned a master's degree from Pittsburg (Kan.) State in 1964.

His family includes wife, Marlene, his daughter Charlavan, and his son, Danny.

The Watts File

1961 Seneca (Mo.) High School Assistant Coach
1962-64 Joplin (Mo.) High School Assistant Coach
1965-71 Drake University Offensive Coordinator
1972 University of Louisville Offensive Coordinator
1973-81 Indiana University Offensive Coordinator
1982 University of Kansas Offensive Coordinator
1983 Louisiana State University Quarterbacks
1984-85 Birmingham Stallions (USFL) Quarterbacks
1986-90 Michigan State University Offensive Coordinator
1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) Quarterbacks
1992-94 Michigan State University Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
1995-98 Louisiana State University Offensive Coordinator
1999-2002 Michigan State University Offensive Coordinator
2003 Mississippi State University Offensive Coordinator
2007-08 Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School Offensive Coordinator
2009 Miami University Quarterbacks
2010 Miami University Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2011-13 Central Michigan University Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks
2014-Present Central Michigan University Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
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