Bill Swancutt to be Presented the Morris Trophy in Seattle

Jan. 7, 2005

Seattle, Wash. - The presentation of the Morris Trophy returns to Seattle at long last this month for presentation at noon, Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.

Don James, Husky Football coach from 1975-1992, will be on hand to present the 2004 Morris Trophy to University of Oregon Offensive Lineman Adam Snyder and Oregon State University Defensive Lineman Bill Swancutt. Tickets are $27.00, which includes lunch. For reservations or more information, contact Darin Barr at 206.464.3074. Reservations must be made by Jan. 17.

The Morris Trophy has been spotlighting the accomplishments of the hardworking and often-unrecognized Pac-10 defensive and offensive linemen for more than two decades. In the past, the trophy was presented at the Gold Helmet Banquet in Seattle, but more recently has been presented in San Francisco. This year it returns to Seattle, where many fans hope it will stay.

'The Washington Athletic Club considers it an honor to be associated with such a prestigious Pac-10 football award,' says Wayne Milner, WAC Vice President Athletics. 'It's great to have the Morris Trophy back home in Seattle.'

The Morris Trophy is an award truly chosen by one's peers. At the start of each season, each Pac-10 coaching staff nominates two offensive and two defensive linemen from its own team. At the end of the season, offensive linemen vote for the best defensive linemen and, likewise, the defensive linemen vote for the best offensive linemen. Players cannot vote for teammates.

The award is the brainchild of local football fanatic Traci Lee Morris Sanford, who presented the idea at the Pac-10 Conference's annual meeting in 1980 with the support of her father Pat Morris, for whom the trophy is named, then-Washington Athletic Director Mike Lude and Husky Football Coach Don James.

Traci comes from a family of football greats, including her father, who played on the line at the Junior College Rose Bowl for the Boise Broncos along with her maternal uncle, Bill Tarrow, who later became a coach for the Oregon Ducks. Her husband, Joe Sanford, played offensive tackle for the 1978 Rose Bowl Champion and 1979 Sun Bowl Champion Washington Huskies teams; was recognized for his outstanding play in both the Pac-10 and West Coast leagues; and was an honorable mention All American his senior season.

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