The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is given to the National Defensive Player of the Year as selected by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Morris is one of 27 linebackers named to the list. In addition, 28 linemen and 26 defensive backs were also selected.
Morris has been a starting linebacker for the Hawkeyes since his true freshman season in 2010. Last season he ranked third in the Big Ten and 31st in the nation in tackles per game (9.4). He ranks 16th in career tackles (293). He was named a Permanent Team Captain in 2012 while earning the Hayden Fry “Extra Heartbeat” Award and the Players Choice Award on defense. Morris earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and junior after being named Freshman All-America by CollegeFootballNews.com as a freshman.
Morris earned CoSIDA/Capital One District VA Academic All-America honors in 2012 and is a two-time academic All-Big Ten honoree.
The native of Solon, Iowa, is also on the Bednarik Award and College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Watch Lists for this season.