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Morris Watts
Morris  Watts

Position:
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

Alma Mater:
University of Tulsa


Phone: 989-774-3896

Morris Watts joined the Central Michigan staff in 2011 and has made a significant impact on the Chippewas' offense as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and was recently named the offensive coordinator.

The 2014 season saw the continued emergence of Watts protégé Cooper Rush as one of the top quarterbacks in the Mid-American Conference. Rush, now a junior, started all 13 of the Chippewas' games in 2014, completing 63.6 percent of his passes for 3,157 yards and 27 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. The 27 TD passes tie for the second most in a single season in CMU history.

Rush ranked third in the MAC in pass efficiency (149.6), fourth in passing yards per game (242.8), fifth in total offense per game (238.9). He enters his junior season third in CMU history with 42 career TD passes, fifth in career passing yardage (5,506), and seventh in career pass completions (420).

Rush tossed an FBS bowl-game record seven touchdown passes in CMU's 49-48 loss to Western Kentucky in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, leading a furious fourth-quarter rally that saw CMU score five touchdowns in an 11-minute span. Rush finished with a CMU-record 493 yards passing in the contest.

The CMU offense in 2014 averaged 398.1 yards and 22.2 first downs per game, ranking seventh and fourth, respectively, in the MAC.

In 2012, Watts mentored quarterback Ryan Radcliff to an outstanding senior season at CMU as he threw for 3,158 yards, marking the third consecutive season that he had surpassed the 3,000-yard milestone, and tossed 23 TD passes against just nine interceptions.

In his final game as a Chippewa, Radcliff earned the MVP award in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl as he threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns in the 24-21 win over Western Kentucky.

In 2011, Radcliff, under Watts' tutelage, posted one of the top passing seasons in school history, completing 257 passes for 3,286 yards and 25 touchdowns. All three of those totals rank among the top five for a single season in Chippewa lore. Radcliff posted five 300-yard games in 2011, including a career-best 436-yard performance on 30-of-45 passing at Ball State on Oct. 22. The 436 yard total ranks as the fourth-most in CMU history.

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

Watts is a 45-year veteran of collegiate and professional coaching who has coached in 15 bowl games.

The 2015 season will be Watts' 52nd overall in coaching. He has 42 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 FBS coach.

Watts came to CMU from Miami (Ohio), where as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach he helped lead the RedHawks to the MAC championship and a victory in the GoDaddy.com 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 served three tours of duty as the offensive coordinator at Michigan State, helping to 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, which goes 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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