John Morton Names USC Football Assistant Coach

Feb. 26, 2007

John Morton, formerly an assistant coach with the New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders, has been named USC's wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

Morton, 37, was an offensive assistant in 2006 with the New Orleans Saints, assisting in the passing game and other facets of game preparation on offense. The Saints advanced to the 2006 NFC Championship game.

In 2005, he was the passing game and wide receivers coach at the University of San Diego. The Toreros went 11-1 and won the Pioneer Football League championship.

He spent the previous 8 seasons (1997-2004) in several capacities with the Oakland Raiders, including 2004 as tight ends coach. He was a senior offensive assistant in 2002, when Oakland played in the Super Bowl, and 2003. Among the players he coached were Jerry Rice and Tim Brown. He began with the Raiders in 1997 working in the personnel department.

Morton originally signed with Oakland as an undrafted rookie wide receiver in 1993 and spent part of the next 2 seasons (1993-94) on the Raiders practice squad. He also spent time with Green Bay in 1993, was in training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 and with the Raiders again in 1996. He played for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts in 1995 and 1996, then with the World League's Frankfurt Galaxy in the spring of 1997.

He played at Western Michigan for 2 seasons (1991-92), where he finished 10th on the school's career receiving list (78 catches) and eighth in receiving yards (1,278). He won All-Mid-American Conference honors as a 1992 senior. He received his bachelor's degree in general studies from Western Michigan in 1997.

He came to Western Michigan after 2 years (1989-90) at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College. He received his associate's degree from there in 1990.

He was an All-League receiver at Avondale High in Auburn Hills (Mich.).

Born on Sept. 24, 1969, he and his wife, Shannon, have a daughter, Tierney Rose, 4, and newborn Sage Marie.

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