Football


Christian Morton
Christian Morton
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

High School:
Riverview Gardens

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 180

Position:
Cornerback

Experience:
1-1

2002: Started five games at cornerback ... Blocked a field goal in the season-opener vs. Missouri ... Third on the team with five passes-broken-up ... Had four tackles and an interception vs. Purdue ... Had two passes-broken-up and three tackles vs. San Jose State.

2001: Named a second-team All-Big Ten selection ... Started all 12 games at cornerback ... Thrived after making the switch to defensive back after starting his career as a quarterback ? Returned interceptions of 33 yards (vs. Louisville on Sept. 22) and 62 yards (vs. Purdue on Nov. 3) for touchdowns, tying a school record ... Second in the Big Ten and third in the nation in passes broken up with 26 ... Second on the team in interceptions with four ... Tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 70, 55 of which were solos ... In addition to his interception returns, he is a potent kick returner averaging 6.1 yards on 14 punts returns and 16.4 yards on seven kickoff returns ... Had a career-high nine tackles (seven solos) in his first game on defense at Cal on Sept. 1 ... Had two tackles and two PBUs against Northern Illinois on Sept. 8 ... Intercepted Louisville?s Dave Ragone midway through the second quarter for the first INT of his career and returned it 33 yards for the score ? Picked of his second pass of the game at the start of the fourth quarter to preserve the win ... Had four tackles and two PBUs vs. Minnesota ... Had a season-high tying seven solo tackles at Indiana while adding four PBUs ... Had six tackles and two more PBUs vs. Wisconsin ... Also returned four kickoffs for 61 yards with a season-best return of 29 yards ... Returned another INT 62 yards for a TD at No. 15 Purdue ... Also broke up a career high five passes in the win ... Had three tackles, three PBUs and his fourth pick of the season vs. Penn State ... Had five solo tackles and three PBUs vs Ohio State.

2000: Quarterback converted to defensive back during spring drills ? Led the team in both kickoff return and punt return yardage ... Played in 10 games for the Illini ... Had 27 kickoff returns for 539 yards and eight punt returns for 195 yards and a touchdown ... Recorded 738 all-purpose yards ... Returned eight kickoffs for 128 yards at Minnesota ... Had 101 return yards on six kickoffs at Northwestern ... Returned three kickoffs for 94 yards and a career-long 42-yarder ... Scored an 80-yard touchdown on a punt return vs. Indiana ... Had a 53-yard punt return at Penn State ... Also had one carry for four yards vs. Middle Tennessee.

1999: Enrolled at the University of Illinois, sitting out the season to meet academic requirements.

High School: USA Today Missouri Player of the Year . . . Named St. Louis Post-Dispatch Player of the Year . . . Earned all-region, all-metro and all-district honors ? Chicago Sun-Times "Top 100" selection ? Led Riverview Gardens to Missouri Class 5A state championship as a senior, throwing for 2,543 yards as a senior and 4,957 in his career to set Missouri state prep records for Coach Darren Sunkett ? Racked up 40 total touchdowns as a senior, throwing for 26 and running for 14 ? Rushed for 746 yards as a senior ? Led Riverview Gardens to 13-1 record ? Threw for 211 yards, ran for 153 and accounted for four touchdowns in 41-34 state championship title game victory at TWA Dome ? Threw for 200 or more yards in eight games and ran for 100 or more yards in three games as a senior ? Earned six varsity letters, including three in football and three in basketball ? Also earned all-conference honors in basketball.

Personal: Born April 28, 1981 in St. Louis ? Parents are Craig and Pamela Morton ? Graduated in May 2003 with a degree in speech communications ? Favorite athlete is former Heisman Trophy winner and current NBA star Charlie Ward ? Brother, Jeff, played defensive back at Southern Illinois.

CAREER HIGHS
Punt Returns: 6 vs. UL, 9/15/01
Tackles: 9 at Cal, 9/1/01
Solos: 7 at Cal, 9/1/01, vs. IL, 9/15/01, and at Ind, 10/13/01
Interceptions: 2 vs. UL, 9/15/01
Touchdowns: 1 vs. UL, 9/15/01 & Purdue, 11/3/01
Int. Return Yds: 62 at Purdue, 11/3/01
PBU: 5 at Purdue, 11/3/01
Blocked FG: 1 vs. Missouri, 8/31/02

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS  
YEAR    G    ST   AT   TOT  TFL-YDS  INT-YDS  PBU
2001   12    55   15    70    0-0      4-104   26
2002   12    16    0    16    0-0      1-0      5
TOTAL  24    71   15    86    0-0      5-104   31

PUNT RETURN STATISTICS YEAR NO YDS AVG TD LP 2000 8 195 24.4 1 80 2001 14 86 6.1 0 24 Total 22 281 12.7 1 80

KICKOFF RETURN STATISTICS YEAR NO YDS AVG TD LP 2000 27 539 20.0 0 42 2001 7 115 16.4 0 29 2002 1 17 17.0 0 17 Total 35 671 19.2 0 42

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