Texas Tech assistant Eric Morris has been promoted to offensive coordinator and receivers coach, Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Thursday, a significant upgrade to his duties.
The 28-year-old Morris was co-offensive coordinator and inside receivers coach last season. Now he’ll also take on the responsibilities of former co-offensive coordinator and outside receivers coach Sonny Cumbie in overseeing all four receiver positions.
“He did a tremendous job,” Kingsbury said. “Having worked with him at the University of Houston, he was always up in the box giving information, helping call plays and seeing defenses, and that continued here.
“He does a tremendous job with techniques and fundamentals with the receivers. He’s very valuable to what we accomplished on offense and has a big part in it.”
Kingsbury will continue to be the team’s primary playcaller.
Cumbie left the staff in December to take a job at TCU. Kingsbury filled the vacancy by hiring Darrin Chiaverini from Riverside (Calif.) City College to be the Red Raiders’ special teams coordinator.
Kingsbury said Morris coached the outside receivers for the Red Raiders’ Holiday Bowl victory over Arizona State, with help from staff member David Raih.
“Coach Raih was helping out,” Kingsbury said, “but coach Morris coached them all in the bowl game, so he’ll continue to do that.”
Raih, the Red Raiders’ director of high school relations last season, is expected to be named to a position with the Green Bay Packers.
Open workouts set
Tech announced Thursday that four spring sessions will be open to the public. Those are March 14, April 4 and April 12 at Jones AT&T Stadium and March 29 in Midland.
March 14 is Fan Day, after which players and coaches will be available for autographs and interaction, Tech said. April 4 will be a Friday night practice, and April 12 is the annual spring game.
The Red Raiders are taking a spring session to Midland for the second year in row after athletic department officials were pleased with the reception they received last year for a scrimmage at Grande Communications Stadium.
The spring game will begin at 11 a.m. Times for the other open sessions have not been set.
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