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Rookie Report: Darryl Morris

Posted Nov 12, 2013

In our latest edition of this series, 49ers.com focuses on the recent impact made by a first-year defensive back on special teams.


The 49ers acquired cornerback Darryl Morris as an undrafted free agent out of Texas State University. Known for his blazing speed and developing coverage skills, Morris has made a name for himself on special teams and is learning behind San Francisco's deep group of defensive backs. Of Morris, Jim Harbaugh recently said, "I think he is really coming."

FIRST NFL TRAINING CAMP

That was definitely an experience, being around a talented group like this. ‘Course it’s nothing like I saw in college or high school. It was different at first, but then I started running around with the guys and I realized it’s just football.

GAINING CONFIDENCE

As I started to progress in practice, get acclimated to the speed and learn how things work around here – the 49ers Way. Once it started clicking in practice, it was all good and I felt comfortable.

PREPARING ON THE P-SQUAD

I used that as a chance to get better every day. As a practice squad guy, I got to go against the first-team offense every day in practice, so I used that time to work on my technique and show the coaches what I can do.

FIRST TACKLE IN ST. LOUIS DEBUT

It was definitely exciting, a blessing, something I had been waiting for for a long time. It was like a dream come true. That’s what it was. I just went out there and had fun. I did my job, had one tackle, but for me that was huge.

LEARNING FROM KASSIM OSGOOD, C.J. SPILLMAN

They have taught me a lot. They’re definitely two of our special teams captains as well as leaders on the team, so they always give me pointers on things I can do better, whether it’s on punt, punt return, kickoffs. Soaking up knowledge from them always helps.

‘AN ARROW THROUGH SNOW’

As far as the play, it was just a blessing. I got a good release and was able to get on the ball carrier as soon as the ball got there. It was really just good timing. Then I made the hit, and the ball came out. And Kassim made a great play to get over there. He actually beat a couple of Tennessee guys to the ball, so that was huge to recover it in the end-zone. Coach Harbaugh gave me a game ball for it. It was a big play. He was excited. I was excited. Blessed to be a part of that play.

AWAY FROM WORK

I’m a pretty relaxed person, chill, hang out with friends, watch a lot of movies. I try get better at my craft – right now, I’m just focused on my part, to help this team be victorious and achieve the goals that we set at the beginning of the season.

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