Greg Morris isn’t about to let his son failing to make first-team all-Big Ten as a linebacker dampen his mood.
Greg is the father of Iowa senior linebacker and Solon native James Morris, who received second-team all-Big Ten accolades Monday.
“I’ll be curious when I get a chance to talk to James, but my gut feeling would be that, yeah, you sure would like to be a first-team guy, but at the end of the day it is what it is,” said Greg Morris, who serves as the Iowa football team’s equipment manager. “There is nothing you can do about it. People vote the way they vote and do what they do.
“But it’s more about winning our next game, anyway.”
Iowa’s next game will be played in a yet-to-be-determined bowl game, the reward for finishing 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten.
Three of James Morris’ teammates — junior left tackle Brandon Scherff, senior tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and senior cornerback B.J. Lowery — made first-team all-Big Ten. The teams were announced Monday. Scherff and Fiedorowicz were honored by the league’s coaches, while Lowery was honored by the media.
James Morris was among eight Hawkeyes who made first- or second-team all-Big Ten, either by the coaches or the media.
Defensive tackle Carl Davis and offensive tackle Brett Van Sloten were second-team choices by the coaches, and Mike Meyer was the media’s second-team kicker, and the coaches added linebacker Anthony Hitchens to second team.
Mid-Prairie graduate Tanner Miller and Williamsburg graduate Austin Blythe earned honorable mention recognition for their play at free safety and center, respectively. Five players from Iowa earned honorable-mention recognition, including senior linebacker Christian Kirksey.
“Congratulations, obviously, to all the kids who got their mention,” Greg Morris said. “That’s really neat. But at the end of the end of the day, it’s still about winning.
“And the good news is they’ve got one more game to go out and compete and try to get nine wins. And I think at the end of the day that will put a smile on all their faces.”
James Morris, who also was the recipient of Iowa’s Sportsmanship Award, finished the regular season with 99 tackles. He twice was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and is one of four semifinalists for the 2013 Lott Impact Award and one of 12 finalists for the Wuerffel Award.
But as a linebacker, he plays perhaps the deepest position in the Big Ten. Earning first-team accolades were Wisconsin senior Chris Borland, Michigan State senior Max Bullough and Ohio State junior Ryan Shazier.
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