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Antonio Morrison | Linebacker

Team: Florida Gators
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 218

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Florida senior ILB Antonio Morrison "should be a very good chase linebacker in the NFL because he has the speed to make plays and the toughness to disengage from blocks inside," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.
The 6-foot-1, 229-pound Morrison posted 101 tackles, six TFL, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery in 2014. Morrison is currently recovering from two knee operations. We don't know when he'll return to practice, and his status for the opener is iffy. "Teams will have to check into his background due to multiple off-field incidents during his career," Reuter wrote. Aug 10 - 9:11 PM

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Florida senior ILB Antonio Morrison underwent two knee operations, which has caused him to miss time this offseason.

Schools are not required to release this kind of information on players, so we appreciate Jim McElwain's honesty. The head coach said Morrison is way ahead of schedule to play this season, but previous reports stated Morrison would not be ready for preseason camp. When on the field, Morrison is one of the better linebackers in the country.
Aug 5 - 2:29 PM

Florida senior ILB Antonio Morrison (knee) "has the demeanor, body type and athleticism to be an NFL starter, but the knee injury he suffered at the end of last season is a big concern," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

We don't even know when Morrison will return to the field, as he's currently shut down while rehabbing; he won't be with the team when it opens practices in three weeks. "Morrison loves to tackle and is pretty good at it, as well," Zierlein wrote. "Morrison finished with 101 tackles last season, but what really stands out is his form and ability to finish as a tackler." The analyst ranked Morrison as the No. 6 linebacker currently generating interest from NFL scouts. "Morrison had just five missed and broken tackles combined, which is an incredible number considering his tackle rate of one tackle every 6.5 snaps," Zierlein wrote. "He is willing to hit any lineman or fullback who dares to challenge him in the hole and his bouncy feet help him follow running backs from gap to gap."
Jul 20 - 8:47 PM

Florida senior ILB Antonio Morrison (knee) will not be ready for contact when the school opens preseason practices.

Morrison has had trouble with his knees and suffered another knee injury in the Birmingham Bowl. Jim McElwain, Florida’s new coach, refused to discuss the severity of the injury but told the media that his All-SEC LB will be non-contact when camp opens early next month. That's the bad news. The good news is that offensive lineman Trip Thurman (shoulder), tight end Jake McGee (leg) and defensive end Bryan Cox (hip surgery) will all be on the field after missing spring practice.
Jul 16 - 9:37 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay called Florida senior LB Antonio Morrison's style "fearless and relentless."

"Love the way FLA LB Antonio Morrison plays the game," McShay began. "It's also obvious that he puts in the work in film room." The 2016 class should have a deep off-ball linebacker group, with Morrison, Myles Jack, Jaylon Smith, Darron Lee and others.
Jun 22 - 12:44 PM

Florida senior ILB Antonio Morrison has "excellent closing speed and instincts," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

The 225-pound Morrison led the Gators with 101 tackles last year and added six TFLs, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. Morrison, who earned All-SEC second-team honors in 2014, tore his meniscus in November 2013 and required knee surgery in January, keeping him out of spring practices. Durability is an issue to monitor. Assuming health, Brown ranks Morrison as the No. 14 LB in the nation.
Jun 22 - 12:52 AM

Florida senior LB Antonio Morrison will miss spring activities while recovering from knee surgery.

Morrison underwent knee surgery following the school's bowl game. He led the Gators with 101 tackles this season, and added six TFLs, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery in 2014. A ton of talent left Gainesville after 2014, and Morrison will likely be one of their better defenders next season.
Mar 10 - 12:04 PM

Florida junior LB Antonio Morrison announced Tuesday that he is returning for his senior season.

"I'm returning to Florida and I will be getting my degree in 2015. That plays a big role in why I'm returning," Morrison said. "And as a leader of this team, I want to lead my team to Atlanta and possibly a national championship. Coach McElwain has put together a great staff and I'm looking forward to working with them this year." The All-SEC second-team selection led the Gators with 101 tackles this season, and added six TFL, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. Morrison has 191 career tackles in 33 games. He's undersized, but Morrison is fast, athletic, and explosive into the hole.
Jan 8 - 11:41 PM

Florida junior LB Antonio Morrison "may join the list of Florida Gator underclassmen opting for the draft," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

It's a rather cryptic line, though it seems logical that Morrison would wait until hearing from the Advisory Board before making a final decision. Morrison is undersized, but he's fast, athletic, and explosive into the hole. Pauline has noted in the past that Morrison's best fit might be as an inside 3-4 NFL linebacker.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 11:41:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline notes that Florida junior LB Antonio Morrison is "lightly undersized but swift and explosive."

"Morrison is very much a linebacker in the body of a safety and a defender who makes plays sideline to sideline," Pauline wrote. "Prior to the Florida State contest Morrison led all Gator defenders with 98 tackles, 40 more than his nearest teammate. He added 5 more during the loss to the Seminoles. He’ll be looked upon as a natural fit at weak side linebacker yet considering the multiple fronts used in today’s NFL, Morrison will also be given consideration on the inside of a 3-4 alignment which allows him to freely run to the action." As the analyst notes, Morrison's draft stock should be aided greatly by the NFL's paradigm shift to an appreciation of versatility and speed.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 09:09:00 PM

Florida head coach Will Muschamp believes sophomore LB Antonio Morrison will be healthy for spring practice.

Morrison underwent knee surgery on Wednesday morning. It has been a difficult season for Morrison, starting with an offseason arrest, but he earned the starting linebacker job in September. Expect him to keep that role this spring.
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 03:14:00 PM

Florida sophomore LB Antonio Morrison will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

Florida rarely gives details on injuries, so don't expect to hear any revealing updates from head coach Will Muschamp regarding Morrison's injury. The sophomore made headlines over the summer after his was arrested for barking at a police dog, but he emerged as Florida's starting middle linebacker in September.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 12:25:00 PM

Florida sophomore LB Antonio Morrison has been named the starting middle linebacker.

Morrison's suspension for the opener against Toledo stemmed from a July incident in which he allegedly barked at a police dog and resisted arrest. The charges were later dropped. Morrison returned in Week 2 to record seven tackles against the Hurricanes and has now been officially re-inserted into the starting lineup.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 01:11:00 PM

Head coach Will Muschamp has reduced Florida sophomore LB Antonio Morrison's two-game suspension to one.

Morrison was charged in June with misdemeanor battery after he punched a bouncer in the head. In July, Morrison was arrested for barking at a police dog and resisting arrest, charges that were later dropped. Perhaps Muschamp changed his mind about the penalty after the latter charge was dropped. You shouldn't be surprised to learn, however, that Florida plays Miami in game No. 2. Morrison will only sit out Florida's opener against Toledo.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 12:30:00 PM

Florida sophomore LB Antonio Morrison attended team meetings on Thursday.

Fellow linebacker Michael Taylor announced the news, but didn't go as far to say that Morrison has been reinstated. The latter was arrested earlier this summer after barking at a police guard, but later the charges were dropped.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 05:41:00 PM