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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Beau Morris, RT, SMU

Beau Morris SMU Mustangs
SMU standout tackle Beau Morris recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jonathan Joyce. Check it out!

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Beau Morris
  • SMU
  • RT
  • 6’6”
  • 295 LBS
  • Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Twitter: @beaumorris30

2019 Statistics:

  • GP: 13
  • GS: 12

You were part of an O-Line that blocked for an offense that ranked seventh nationally in scoring offense (41.8), ninth in total offense (489.8), and 13th in passing offense (309.0). Heading into 2020, what is the ceiling for this group?

I don’t think we have a ceiling. With everyone, we have coming back from our O-Line, to Shane, our wideouts, and some very good running backs that are going to step up. There is no reason we shouldn’t have a shot at being the best offense in College Football this year.

Expectations will be high for the team as well. Coming off a 10-3 record, what are the goals for 2020?

As a team, we try to focus on taking it one game at a time and going 1-0 every week. But some long term goals we have are to win the state of Texas (beat every team on our schedule in our state), win the conference, and win a New Year’s 6 Bowl Game. Also, right now with everything going on with the virus, a big goal we have is to be the best team to recover from the time we have been missing out on.

Speaking of the virus, how has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted you on and off the field?

On the field, it has impacted me because we had to miss out on pretty much all of spring ball, which is very valuable time you get to spend with your team and your technique. I have been training on my own, which isn’t so bad, but I am ready to be training with the guys that I am going to be fighting with on the side of me every Saturday. Off the field, I’d say this has had a very positive impact on me. It’s given me time to sit back and evaluate certain aspects of my life and helped me be more appreciative of the things I have that can be taken away any second. It has helped me form a special mindset that I am ready to take back to Dallas for this year.

Tell me about your time at Blinn College. How did that experience prepare you for the move to SMU?

Blinn was an amazing experience that I believe I really needed. It helped me form habits in the classroom and how to stay on top of my school work, which helped me a lot when arriving at SMU. It also helped me on the field because while playing there, I got to compete against some really talented defensive linemen. I remember some stat while I was there, it was something like out of the first six defensive ends I faced in games, five of them had Power 5 offers. It helped me elevate my academics and athletics to create a good foundation to continue building on once I got to SMU.

What has been your favorite memory, so far, at SMU?

That’s a tough one. I’ve met people and formed relationships and memories that will last a lifetime. If there is one memory that I will remember forever and tell my kids about, it was our game against Tulsa this past year. Being down by three touchdowns going into the fourth quarter and coming back and winning the game in the third overtime. The heart and fight that came from that game just says a lot about the guys and coaches in this program and I will never forget it.

Is there an area of your game that you’d like to improve on as you head into your Senior season?

The biggest thing with me going into this year is consistency. Evaluating my season with Coach Ricker last year, I did some really good things, I just need to do them more consistently. Another thing I personally want to improve this year is being more dominant. Dominating the guy in front of me and putting them on the ground every play.

What’s more fun for you; pass protection or blocking in the run game?

I’d have to run run-blocking. When the running game clicks and everyone gets their blocks and we break loose on a big run, it satisfies that part of you that is an offensive lineman. Knowing that you and your brothers on the line are the reason that run happened.

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What’s the best lesson any coach ever taught you?

I think the best lesson I’ve learned from this whole staff, from the head coach to strength coaches to my OL coach, is just how to be mentally tough and how to treat yourself in all aspects of life like you are a professional.

Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

I’d have to say #15 from Tulsa last year.

Oh yeah, Trevis Gipson. That guy could play. Who is the best player in the NFL today?

I want to say Joe Staley, even though he just retired. I really like watching him because he’s not just some guy that dominates because of his size. He is really good because his technique is amazing and I think linemen can learn a lot from watching him.

If your life was a book, what would the title be?

I’d have to say I would name it after myself. Although I know a lot of great people and have a lot of great coaches who inspire me, I am the only person who walks in my shoes. I am the only person who truly determines every day what I will do with my life.

What advice would you give your younger self, knowing what you know now?

I would tell him that nothing is given to you, everything is earned. If you want something you have to work for it and you can’t be scared to do that.

If I’m in Dallas on a Saturday night during the Fall, where is the one place I have to eat?

Terry Blacks Barbecue!

I’m an NFL GM, why should we draft Beau Morris?

You should draft me because I’m going to show up to work everyday to get better. I will do anything for the guys on the field with me and for the coaches on my staff. I am a great teammate and will push the guys next to me to et better each and every day. I am also very coachable and love to learn because I have not been in football for a very long time. That also benefits me because I do not have years of football on my body and I have a lot of room to grown, learn, and perfect my craft.

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