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Dion Morton
Dion Morton

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Riverside, Calif.

High School:
John W. North

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 172

Position:
WR

Birthdate:
02/25/1986

Experience:
4L


2009 (Senior): Played in all 12 games, with 10 starts all at wide receiver, while serving as the primary kickoff returner...In the latter role, earned second-team all-conference honors with 35 returns for 862 yards -- both single-season school records -- and a 24.6-yard average, tied for ninth-best in CSU annals...Averaged 17.7 yards on 25 receptions (443 yards) with four TDs, and had 11 carries for 43 yards, with one score...Also completed all four of his passes, for 88 yards, and two TDs...On the season's first drive, in an eventual 23-17 win at Colorado (Sept. 6), humiliated his defender to get open on a critical third down, hauling in a 57-yard pass from Grant Stucker to set up the year's first points, a John Mosure run; later in the first period, averted disaster by calmly gathering in an errant snap that bounced off his hip while in motion in the backfield, and ran for a first down...Also carried late in the first half, a reverse that went for a career-long 26 yards to set up a field goal, and in perhaps his most significant contribution, recovered CU's onside kick late in the fourth quarter to erase any Buffs hopes...Put the Rams on the board early in 24-23 win vs. Weber State (Sept. 12), throwing a pass - the third of his career - on a double-reverse to his QB, Stucker, for a 40-yard touchdown...One week later in assertive 35-20 win vs. Nevada (Sept. 19), threw another TD pass, this time off a lateral from Stucker, for 25 yards to TE Eric Peitz; Stucker then found Morton on a 49-yard pass to put CSU up 21-6 in the third quarter, moving Morton into a tie with his fraternal-twin brother, Damon, for 11th on the school's all-time list...Earlier against Wolf Pack, converted a third-down with a key reception, and ran for 9 yards to set up his first-quarter TD pass to Peitz...In loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26), drew three first-half pass-interference calls, including on his 3-yard touchdown reception in the corner of the end zone; also made a leaping catch for 13 yards near the sideline to help set up that TD...Later in Cougars contest, snagged a fourth-and-4 pass to move the chains on a third-quarter touchdown drive...In bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), caught a 34-yard TD to give the Rams a 20-7 lead late in the first half, moving him into sole possession of eighth on the school's career TD receptions list; also served as CSU's primary return man, showing tremendous poise to recover his own bobbled catch on a first-quarter punt, and run it back a career-long 41 yards to set up his team's second TD...On the Rams' first series in Vandals contest, broke open into the seam for what would've been a 70-yard touchdown, but the pass was slightly overthrown, and earlier helped Tyson Liggett into the end zone with a key block...In 24-17 loss vs. Utah (Oct. 10), registered his fourth career 100-yard receiving game, highlighted by a superlative, 36-yard TD reception in which he beat his man to a slightly underthrown pass, then juked the final Utah threat inside the Utes' 5-yard line before waltzing into the end zone; the score gave CSU a 17-3 lead late in the third quarter...Earlier in Utes contest, moved the chains on a third down during a game-tying field-goal drive, and later, answered Utah's game-tying touchdown drive with a 43-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter...Didn't start in loss at No. 8 TCU (Oct. 17), but impressively converted an early third-and-9 against the nation's seventh-ranked defense...In loss vs. San Diego State (Oct. 24), gave the Rams a 21-7 lead with his third career rushing TD, and third against SDSU, on a 19-yard reverse; also had a 33-yard kickoff return to answer the Aztecs' TD drive in the third quarter...Had a 35-yard kickoff return in loss vs. Air Force (Oct. 31)...In loss at UNLV (Nov. 7), threw two more passes - the first that didn't go for TDs -- to keep his completion percentage at 1.000; first, found TE Norman Gee for 16 yards on a third-and-1 in the initial quarter, then hooked up with Rashaun Greer for 7 yards to extend a second-quarter TD drive...In his final college game, a 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), had three catches for 51 yards, including a significant 18-yard reception early int eh fourth quarter on a go-ahead FG drive; earlier in the same drive, preserved the possession by recovering a Leonard Mason fumble...Late in the first half, after Wyoming had taken a lead, had a 30-yard kickoff return.

2008 (Junior): An all-conference receiver (Rivals.com first team, Phil Steele second team), started all 13 games at wide receiver...Tied a CSU single-season record shared by David Anderson (2005) and Jeff Champine (1981) with 10 touchdown receptions, second in the conference behind All-America candidate Austin Collie (15)...Also finished second on the team with 51 receptions for 859 yards (16.8 avg.)...Ranked seventh in the MWC in receiving yards per game (66.1)...Also was the team's third-leading rusher with 129 yards on 14 carries (9.2 avg.) and two more TDs...Completed one of two passes, for 19 yards, had two kickoff returns for 32 yards (16.0 avg.) and returned a pair of punts for 21 yards (10.5 avg.)...In season opener vs. Colorado (Aug. 31), scored the first touchdown of the year, a 21-yard reception from Billy Farris to cut CU's lead to 14-7; later in Buffs contest, delivered a key block on Gartrell Johnson's 24-yard carry, and returned the first punt of his career for 11 yards...In initial quarter of team's first victory, vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6), caught a 44-yard pass to put the Rams at the Hornets' 4-yard line, then helped to set up a go-ahead TD in the third quarter with a 19-yard reception to the Hornets' 1...Also in Hornets contest, had a fourth-quarter touchdown reception nullified by offsetting penalties...On second play from scrimmage in eventual 28-25 win vs. Houston (Sept. 20), caught a 79-yard TD, streaking down the right sideline, his longest college reception; helped Rams jump out to a 21-0 lead with more than 100 yards by the end of the initial quarter, en route to five catches for 126 yards...Also in Cougars contest, threw his first college pass, an incompletion deflected out of Rashaun Greer's arms, his first pass since his high school days as a quarterback...At Cal (Sept. 27), nearly scored in the fourth quarter on a 36-yard crossing pattern, setting up a TD...In conference-opening win vs. UNLV (Oct. 4), threw a block to help Johnson to 23 of his 191 rushing yards, setting up a second-quarter TD...At No. 14 Utah (Oct. 18), caught a pair of critical passes on game-opening drive, a gritty fourth-down conversion and a 29-yard TD that knotted the game, 7-7...Spurred CSU to a 38-34 win at San Diego State (Oct. 25) with the first two rushing TDs of his career, a 12-yard end-around that knotted the game in the third quarter, and a 24-yard reverse that gave CSU its first lead later in the same period; just three plays before his go-ahead TD, set up the score with a 25-yard burst around the left end, part of his three-carry, 61-yard night...In tough 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), each of his TDs gave CSU a lead, his 32-yard score late in the first half that put the Rams up 21-14, and an electrifying 55-yard score with only 1:44 remaining in the game, giving CSU a 42-38 advantage...Also in Cougars contest, set up a fourth-quarter TD with his first career completion, a 19-yard pass to Kory Sperry...At Air Force (Nov. 8), caught a second-quarter TD on fourth-and-3 from the Falcons' 4-yard line...Pivotal in 20-6 win vs. New Mexico (Nov. 15), caught three clutch third-down receptions -- a first-quarter grab that moved the sticks on a CSU FG drive, a 27-yard catch that pierced UNM territory on a second-half FG drive, and a sensational 6-yard touchdown in which he got one toe down and maintained possession to extend CSU's lead in the third quarter...In win at Wyoming (Nov. 22), caught six passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns, establishing career highs in yards and TDs, and matching a personal best in receptions, while helping the Rams become bowl eligible for the first time in three years...His first two touchdown grabs, for 51 and 43 yards, respectively, erased the Cowboys' 14-3 advantage, staking CSU to a 17-14 lead, while his third, early in the fourth quarter, gave the Rams a lead they wouldn't relinquish; on that play, made a spectacular reception, diving to bring in the pass and putting one knee down before tumbling out of the end zone (replay review upheld the TD)...The score also tied him for the Rams' single-season record with 10 TD catches...In New Mexico Bowl win vs. Fresno State (Dec. 20), returned his first kickoffs since Oct. 20, 2007; took the opening kickoff back past midfield, but a penalty erased most of the yards.

2007 (Sophomore): The team's primary KR, had emerged a threat in the Rams' receiving corps, with 20 catches for 183 yards (9.1 avg.) and one TD, until sustaining a season-ending ankle injury in Game 9...Averaged 26.8 yards per kickoff return to lead the MWC and rank 26th nationally...Garnered all-conference recognition as a KR from Phil Steele...At Houston (Sept. 22), got the Rams on the board with a 37-yard TD, his first career scoring reception, then set up a first-quarter TD with a 74-yard kickoff return...At TCU (Sept. 29), took a third-and-9 reception for 25 yards and put life back into the CSU offense on a third-quarter FG drive...Made all four of his receptions vs. SDSU (Oct. 6) in the fourth quarter, including two on the go-ahead TD drive late in the contest...Against Air Force (Oct. 13), shifted first-quarter momentum by returning a short kickoff 29 yards to the AFA 49, giving the Rams a short field and setting up a TD...Registered three catches for 20 yards and returned a second-half kickoff 37 yards to help CSU in its emotional first win, at UNLV (Oct. 20)...Sprained his ankle at BYU (Nov. 3) and missed much of the second half.

2006 (Freshman): Played eight games as a WR and on special teams ...Recorded each of his season's two grabs, including a 40-yarder, vs. TCU (Nov. 25).

2005: Redshirted...A member of the `04 class, had joined CSU during spring camp after greyshirting the `04 school year.

High School: Was first-team all-California and the county offensive player of the year at John W. North High School in Riverside, Calif. ...A QB, completed 103 of 150 passes for 2,344 yards and 32 TDs during his senior season...Rushed 69 times for 414 yards and two scores...Posted seven defensive INTs on the year...Holds school records for career passing yards and passing TDs...Co-CIF and league offensive player of the year, sharing honors with his brother, Damon...A two-time first-team all-county, all-CIF and all-Ivy League selection...Team captain...Also competed in basketball and track...Helped his football teams to a 34-8 record in three years...Guided the Huskies to two CIF championships and another CIF title appearance...Head football coach was Steve Hagerts.

Personal: Given name Dion Morton...Born Feb. 25, 1986, in Riverside, Calif. ...Son of Maurice and LaVerne Morton...Has two brothers, including fraternal twin Damon, his former teammate, who signed as a free agent in 2008 with the Carolina Panthers; Dion actually is older by 1 minute, although Damon played as a true freshman and, after Dion's greyshirt and redshirt years, actually gained two years of eligibility on his brother...Majoring in sociology...Hometown: Riverside, Calif.

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