Will Cokeley The Salina Journal 11-21-2980

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Will Cokeley The Salina Journal 11-21-2980 - Morris-both. KSU player, recruiter By KYLE...
Morris-both. KSU player, recruiter By KYLE BRYSON KSU Correspondent MANHATTAN — Playing football football for Kansas State is two jobs in one for Wildcat defensive back Jim Morris. The first job is obvious — the 6-2, 183-pound Morris plays KAT back and is K-State's leading tackier in the defensive defensive backfield with 66 tackles, including including 47 unassisted, going into Saturday's Saturday's 1:30 p.m. matchup with the Colorado Colorado Buffs at KSU Stadium. I .Morris' second job isn't as obvious, bitt he enjoys it just as much. That added job is recruiting and Morris is plenty good at it. *• - As evidence, consider this: inside linebacker Will Cokeley, the Wildcats' leading tackier with 99 takedowns, was headed south to Oklahoma University until Morris changed his mind and his direction. Z fait of Morris' leverage in changing Cokeley's mind was that the two were teammates at Coffeyville Junior College College the year before. I-"We were pretty close, so I knew I had to change his mind," Morris said. " : AnA he did justt that. But it took a Couple of phone calls and a 75-mile trip in the middle of the night to do it. ; : "I called him at midnight the day before before he was supposed to sign with OU but I couldn't convince him," Morris $aid. "Finally, I got mad and hung up." : But Morris didn't give up on Cokeley, Something Wildcat fans are thankful for .now. :: A final try ;• "I decided to try and call again at 3 that morning and talk him into changing changing his mind," Morris said. "Then I lied and told him I had the papers and { was going up there (to Topeka) to get him to sign them." ^JMorris didn't have the necessary papers, papers, but he did make the hour-and-a- half drive from Emporia to Cokeley's home in Topeka at 3 a.m. •Finally, with the aid of head coach Jim Dickey, Cokeley was persuaded to become a Wildcat, which pleased Morris. Morris. " "We were good friends at Coffeyville and did a lot of crazy stuff and I just promised him there was more of that fir. come," Morris said, jokingly explaining explaining the final reason Cokeley signed. signed. ::And so Jim Morris, recruiter, helped $teal a junior college all-american from Oklahoma. But the contributions dt~Jim Morris, player, aren't to be Overlooked. : Besides leading the Wildcats in tack- Ks, he's also the team's pacesetter with three interceptions. But Morris doesn't think his three pickoffs are that irnpressive. • "That's not many, really," he said. "Maybe if I played free safety I'd have KSU seeks victory in final game MANHATTAN - Kansas State, a 10-0 loser to Oklahoma State last week, will be trying to avoid ending the 1980 season in sole possession possession of the Big Eight cellar when it takes on the Colorado Buffaloes here Saturday. Colorado and Iowa State, which plays at Oklahoma State Saturday, Saturday, are running a game ahead of K-State with 1-5 conference marks. The Buffs used strong defense to stop the Wildcats, 21-6, last year as Kansas State netted only 246 yards in total offense and got all of its scoring from two Jim Jackson field goals. Colorado at Kansas State Where: Manhattan, Kan. When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday 1979 Records: Kansas State 3-8, Colorado 3-8 Series: Colorado 26-9 (Colorado 21-6 last year) 1980 Records: Kansas State 2-8 overall, 0-6 Big Eight; Colorado 19 19 overall, 1-5 Big Eight. Season to date: Kansas State — LSD 21, Kansas State 0; KSU 24, South Dakota 3; KSU 31, Arkansas State 7; Tulsa 3, KSU 0; lowas State 31, KSU 7; Oklahoma 35, KSU 21; Missouri 13, KSU 3; Kansas 20, KU 18; Nebraska 55, Nebraska Nebraska 8; Oklahoma State 10, KSU 0, KU — UCLA 56, CU 14; LSU 23, CU 20; Indiana 49, CU 7; Oklahoma 82, CU 42; Drake 41, CU 22; Missouri 45, CU 7; Nebraska Nebraska 45, CU 7; CU 17, Iowa Slate 9; Oklahoma Oklahoma Stale 42. CU 7; Kansas 42, CU 7. I more." His KAT back position gives Morris the chance to get in on a bunch of tackles, tackles, a trait which draws the praise of defensive backfield coach Chuck Driesbach. Driesbach. "Jim's ability to trace the football is his biggest asset," said Driesbach. Morris' desire to work hard at the game of football is reflected in his statistics. statistics. As impressive as his statistics are, however, the Wildcats are still a disappointing 2-8 on the season. "Sure, our record's not too great, but I think it's miisleading — we're better than a 2-8 team," he said. Morris came to K-State from a Coffeyville Coffeyville Juco team which won the Jayhawk Jayhawk juco championship twice, so a losing record is something new for him to cope with. However, Morris doesn't consider the Wildcats' poor record the hardest thing he has to face. "Every Saturday I give 100 percent and I only get discouraged if my teammates teammates don't do the same," he said. So Wildcat fans can rest assured Morris will do the same — give 100 percent — during the off season not only on the football field, but also in helping K-State's recruiting program land more top-notch players. f

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  1. The Salina Journal,
  2. 21 Nov 1980, Fri,
  3. Page 17

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