Iowa to host Open Practice on Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m.
Assistant coaches Brian Ferentz and Reese Morgan meet with the media
UI defensive line coach enjoys the instruction portion of spring drills
Reese Morgan, Brian Ferentz meet with media in the Hayden Fry Football Complex
Hawkeye junior defensive tackle Carl Davis
A year ago the Iowa defense ranked seventh in the nation in pass defense and 22nd in total defense as the Hawkeyes posted a 7-6 record. Iowa led the Big Ten and ranked second in the nation in fewest penalties and penalty yards. Senior tackles Carl Davis and Louis Trinca-Pasat, along with junior end Drew Ott, were each named second team All-Big Ten. Davis was selected in the third round (Baltimore) of the 2015 NFL Draft, while Trinca-Pasat signed a free agent contract with St. Louis immediately following the draft.
Iowa has participated in 12 bowl games since 2001, including the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl. The Hawkeyes won bowl games following the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, defeating ranked opponents in both 2009 and 2010. The Hawkeyes have ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in the past 13 seasons.
Iowa has appeared in eight January bowl games since 2001. The Hawkeyes have won six bowl games under Kirk Ferentz and his staff, including four January bowl victories. The January Bowl wins have come over Florida (2004 Outback), LSU (2005 Capital One), South Carolina (2009 Outback) and Georgia Tech (2010 Orange).
Iowa has won 104 games over the past 13 seasons, including 61 Big Ten games. The Hawkeyes earned a share of the Big Ten title in both 2002 and 2004 and tied for second in 2009. Iowa has finished in the Big Ten's first division in 12 of the past 14 years.
Morgan has coached three Outland Trophy winners, which is presented each year to the top interior offensive lineman in college football. Brandon Scherff, who was recruited and coached by Morgan his first two years at Iowa, earned the 2014 Outland Trophy. Following the 2003 season, Robert Gallery became Iowa's third Outland Trophy winner. As the head coach at Benton Community HS, Morgan coached Chad Hennings, the 1987 winner, who was a defensive tackle at the Air Force Academy. Hennings is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
In his last five seasons as Iowa's offensive line coach (2007-11), Morgan coached a Hawkeye player who would go on to be a first round selection in the NFL Draft.
The Hawkeyes won eight games in 2013, including five in the Big Ten to tie for second in the Legends Division. Iowa earned a spot in the 2014 Outback Bowl behind a solid defense that ranked among the national leaders in total defense (sixth), first downs allowed (seventh) pass defense (ninth), scoring defense (ninth), pass efficiency defense (17th) and rushing defense (19th). Davis (second team) and Trinca-Pasat (honorable mention) earned all-conference recognition.
Among the reasons for Iowa's history of success has been the play of Iowa's offensive line, working under the direction of Morgan. With two new starters in 2011, the Hawkeye offensive line led the way as Iowa's offense featured a 3,000-yard passing quarterback and a running back and wide receiver who each gained over 1,300 yards.
Junior tackle Riley Reiff earned first team all-Big Ten honors in 2011, along with earning All-America recognition from several outlets. In addition, senior guard Adam Gettis was named second team all-Big Ten and junior center James Ferentz and senior tackle Markus Zusevics earned honorable mention recognition.
Reiff declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season and was selected in the first round by the Detroit Lions. As the 23rd overall selection, Reiff became Iowa's third first round selection in three years. In addition, Gettis was selected in the fifth round by Washington and Zusevics signed an NFL free agent contract with New England the day after the draft. All three were on NFL rosters throughout the past two seasons. Iowa has had at least one offensive lineman selected in nine of the last 12 NFL Drafts.
Iowa's offensive line featured three first-year starters in 2010. Still, the Hawkeyes ranked among the national leaders in fewest penalties, fewest penalty yards, QB sacks allowed and fewest turnovers. Senior guard Julian Vandervelde and sophomore tackle Riley Reiff earned second team all-Big Ten honors. Vandervelde was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by Philadelphia.
In 2009, tackle Bryan Bulaga was named Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Big Ten, earning first team all-conference honors. Dace Richardson returned to earn first team honors after missing over a year and a half due to injury.
Bulaga declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season in 2009 and was the 23rd player selected in the 2010 NFL Draft when he was taken by the Green Bay Packers. Tackle Kyle Calloway was selected in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills. Bulaga earned a starting spot at right tackle for the Super Bowl champion Packers as a rookie, becoming the youngest player ever to start in the Super Bowl.
Iowa, in 2008, ranked third in the Big Ten and 26th nationally in rushing yards per game (188.7). Iowa featured running back Shonn Greene, who earned the Doak Walker Award as the top running back in the nation. Greene was the only running back in the nation to rush for over 100 yards in every game during the 2008 season.
Senior Seth Olsen led the way for the Hawkeyes in 2008, earning first team all-Big Ten honors and All-American recognition. Center Rob Bruggeman and tackles Kyle Calloway and Bryan Bulaga all earned second team all-conference recognition. Olsen was selected in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by Denver. Bruggeman signed a free agent contract with Tampa Bay immediately following the draft.
The 2006 Hawkeyes ranked third in the Big Ten in total offense (just a yard behind second place Ohio State) and second in pass offense. In 2005, Iowa boasted the Big Ten's leading rusher and the league's best red zone offense.
In the 2007 NFL Draft, Marshal Yanda (Baltimore) was selected in the third round and Mike Elgin (New England) was a seventh round selection. In addition, Mike Jones signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers. Jones was a first team all-Big Ten selection, while Yanda earned second team honors. Elgin was a first team academic All-American in each of his final two seasons. Yanda has started at both guard and tackle for the Ravens over the past eight seasons. He played a key role in Baltimore's drive to the 2013 Super Bowl championship and is a four-time Pro Bowl selection. Yanda was named the second-ever winner of the prestigious Bruce Matthews award following the 2014 season, an honor bestowed upon the top offensive lineman in the NFL.
In 2005, the Hawkeyes averaged 30 points a game behind quarterback Drew Tate and Big Ten rushing leader Albert Young. Senior center Brian Ferentz started the final 20 games of his career in 2004 and 2005 and signed a free agent contract with Atlanta immediately following the 2006 NFL Draft.
Due to a number of injuries to Iowa running backs in 2004, Iowa developed one of the most dangerous passing attacks in the nation. The Hawkeyes scored 23 points or more in the final five games of the season, including 30 points in wins over Wisconsin and LSU. For the year, Iowa ranked second in the Big Ten in passing offense, pass efficiency and red zone offense.
Right tackle Pete McMahon was the lone senior in 2004 in the offensive line. Facing two of the more-highly regarded defensive ends in the nation in Iowa's final two games, McMahon led by example by controlling his opponents, who were both first round selections in the NFL Draft. McMahon was taken in the NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
Anchored by consensus All-American and Outland Trophy winner Robert Gallery at left tackle, Iowa's offensive line had four new starters to start the 2003 season. By the end of the year, in which the Hawkeyes won 10 games and featured RB Fred Russell with over 1,300 rushing yards, the offensive line had meshed together as one of Iowa's strong points. The Hawkeyes ended the season by rushing for over 200 yards in a win at Wisconsin and in the Outback Bowl win over Florida. Gallery was the second player selected in the 2004 NFL Draft.
As tight ends coach in 2002, Morgan coached tight end Dallas Clark to consensus All-America honors. Clark was also named winner of the John Mackey Award, which goes annually to college football's top tight end. Clark was named to at least seven first team All-America teams. Clark earned a Super Bowl championship with the Indianapolis Colts and earned all-Pro honors in 2009. Clark had 31 receptions for 343 yards and three touchdowns for the Baltimore Ravens in 2013 before retiring from the NFL in June, 2014.
Morgan became part of the Iowa staff after eight years as head coach at West HS in Iowa City. West won state Class 4A (largest class in the state) titles in 1995, 1998 and 1999. Morgan left the program with a 26-game winning streak.
Between 1994 and 1999 his West High School teams were 62-7, while his overall record at West was 67-20. He has totaled 146 career prep victories and is a member of the Iowa High School Coach's Hall of Fame. He also served as Assistant Principal and Dean of Students at West.
Reese also served as a teacher (1973-92), assistant football coach (1973-77) and head football coach (1978-91) at Benton Community High School. He led Benton Community into the state playoffs on three occasions.
Morgan attended St. Mary's High School in Lorain, Ohio. He lettered three times in football and one year in track and field. Reese was a four-year letterman (linebacker) at Wartburg College and was team captain as a senior in 1971.
Morgan earned his B.A. degree in education from Wartburg and earned a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Northern Iowa.
Morgan was born June 22, 1950. Reese and his wife, Jo, have two daughters, Jessica and Caitlin, along with granddaughters Morgan and Hayden, and grandsons Cade and Jace.
Morgan's Coaching Career
Iowa DL, 2012-present
Iowa OL, 2003-2011
Iowa RC, 2000-02
West HS HC, 1992-99
Benton Community HS HC, 1978-91
Benton Community HS AC, 1973-77
Morgan on IOWA
"As a former high school educator and a parent of an IOWA graduate, I have great respect for The University of Iowa and its mission to provide an excellent academic program to its students. I have seen first-hand the numerous students who have benefited from their positive educational experience at IOWA.
IOWA is a Big Ten university with big-time opportunities and, all the advantages of a small school. Students are challenged and supported academically by a knowledgeable and caring staff. The friendly, safe environment is evident as you walk down the streets of Iowa City and are greeted with a warm, sincere `Hi.'
Coach Kirk Ferentz is a leader who possesses unquestionable integrity, strong family values, high character and a genuine concern for others. He maintains high expectations for all those associated with our program and models the standards that are the foundation of the IOWA program.
Our coaching staff brings a wealth of knowledge and a variety of backgrounds to student-athletes. They are excellent teachers who are passionate about football and holistically care about players.
Iowa's greatest strength is its people. Players who care about each other like brothers, love a challenge, and demonstrate outstanding work habits, are a trademark of IOWA football. The administration, faculty, staff, students, fans and community are our most valued resources. The University of Iowa offers a world class education, a football rich tradition of excellence and the opportunity to develop positive relationships."