Morris Watts

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Morris Watts
Biographical details
Seneca, Missouri
Playing career
Position(s)Running back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1961Seneca HS (MO) (assistant)
1962–1964Joplin HS (MO) (assistant)
1965–1971Drake (OC/QB/WR)
1972Louisville (OC/QB/WR)
1973–1981Indiana (OC/QB/WR)
1982Kansas (OC/QB)
1983LSU (QB)
1984–1985Birmingham Stallions (QB)
1986–1990Michigan State (OC)
1991Tampa Bay Buccaneers (QB)
1992–1994Michigan State (AHC/OC)
1995–1998LSU (OC)
1999–2002Michigan State (OC)
2002Michigan State (interim HC)
2003Mississippi State (OC)
2007–2008Broken Arrow HS (OK) (OC)
2009Miami (OH) (QB)
2010Miami (OH) (OC/QB)
2011–2013Central Michigan (PGC/QB)
2014–2016Central Michigan (OC/QB)
2018Texas Southern (OC/QB)
Head coaching record

Morris Watts (born 1936) is a former American football player and coach. Until his retirement in 2016, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Central Michigan University. He previously served as the offensive coordinator at Miami University, having joined the RedHawks coaching staff in 2009 as the quarterbacks coach. Morris served as the interim head coach at Michigan State University for the last three games of the 2002 season after Bobby Williams was fired, compiling a record of 1–2.

Morris served three stints at the offensive coordinator at Michigan State (1986–1990, 1992–1994, 1999–2002) and was an assistant coach at Drake University (1965–1971), the University of Louisville (1972), Indiana University (1973–1981), the University of Kansas (1982), Louisiana State University (1983, 1995–1998), and Mississippi State University (2003). He coached quarterbacks for the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League (USFL) from 1984 to 1985 and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL) in 1991. Before coming to Miami University, Watts spent two years at the offensive coordinator at Broken Arrow Senior High in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Coaching career[edit]

Michigan State[edit]

Watts was the offensive coordinator at Michigan State Spartans during the George Perles era for eight seasons from 1986 to 1990 and 1992 to 1994. He rejoined the Spartans as a member of Bobby Williams' coaching staff and became the interim head coach in 2002 when Williams was fired after guiding a pre-season top 20 team to a 3–6 start. During his brief stint as interim head coach, he was 1–2. Following the season, he left the Michigan State football program for Mississippi State. He also coached at LSU as an offensive coordinator in the late 1990s.

Mississippi State[edit]

Watts showed his dynamism when he was hired at Mississippi State by saying at his introduction, "We want to be an offense that is balanced. Does that mean out of 100 plays we'll pass 50 times and run 50 times? No! We may throw 70 and run 30 or we may run 70 and throw 30. We'd like to spread the field and give our kids the best chance to win".[1][2] In 2003, the Bulldogs were 2–10.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Michigan State Spartans (Big Ten Conference) (2002)
2002 Michigan State 1–2* 1–2* T–8th
Michigan State: 1–2 1–2 *Bobby Williams coached the first 9 games of the season.
Total: 1–2


  1. ^ "Watts 'Thrilled' to Join Sherrill's MSU Staff". Dawg's Bite. January 31, 2003.
  2. ^ "2003 Football Statistics" (PDF). Mississippi State University. 2003.

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