Mor­ris adds Turner Gill to staff

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FAYETTEVIL­LE – Arkansas Head Coach Chad Mor­ris has added for­mer head coach Turner Gill to his staff as the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Stu­dent-ath­lete and Staff Devel­op­ment.

Gill will pro­vide di­rect over­sight for foot­ball stu­dent-ath­lete pro­gram­ming de­signed to fos­ter lead­er­ship, per­sonal ac­count­abil­ity, so­cial devel­op­ment, aca­demic di­rec­tion, self­i­den­tity and aware­ness along with emo­tional in­tel­li­gence. He will also pro­vide guid­ance and devel­op­ment to the coach­ing and sup­port staffs while en­gag­ing the Arkansas com­mu­nity and Ra­zor­backs foot­ball alumni.

“Adding some­one with Turner’s ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge to our staff is go­ing to pro­vide a tremen­dous boost for our stu­den­tath­letes and our staff,”

Mor­ris said. “From his time as a player at Nebraska to work­ing in the NFL with the Green Bay Pack­ers to serv­ing as a head coach, he has so much to of­fer our ath­letes, coaches and staff. We’re ex­cited for him to be a Ra­zor­back and have him help build our cul­ture.”

The for­mer Nebraska star quar­ter­back made three stops as a head coach be­gin­ning at Buffalo in

2006. He led the Bulls to the school’s first Mid-amer­i­can Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship

and bowl game while also re­cruit­ing Khalil Mack to cam­pus. Gill coached at Kansas for two sea­sons be­fore tak­ing over a Lib­erty pro­gram tran­si­tion­ing from FCS to FBS. The Flames won four con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships and earned the

pro­gram’s first-ever FCS play­off berth be­fore mov­ing into the FBS level, where the team be­came just the ninth team in NCAA his­tory to win six-plus games in its first FBS sea­son.

Gill’s coach­ing ca­reer be­gan with the Corn­huskers serv­ing first as a grad­u­ate as­sis­tant in 1990 then as a full-time as­sis­tant from 1992-2004. He tu­tored

2001 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner

Eric Crouch and 1995 Heis­man Tro­phy run­nerup Tom­mie Fra­zier while help­ing Nebraska to three na­tional cham­pi­onships (1994, 1995, 1997). Gill also spent time in the NFL with the Green Bay Pack­ers serv­ing as the team’s Di­rec­tor of Player Devel­op­ment in 2005 when the team se­lected Aaron Rodgers.

“I am thrilled to be­come a part of the Ra­zor­back fam­ily,”

Gill said. “When I re­tired from head coach­ing, I knew that I still wanted to be in­volved in ath­let­ics in some way. This job could not have been more per­fect for what I be­lieve I was called to do. It is a bless­ing to be able to work with stu­dent-ath­letes to pre­pare them for suc­cess both on and off the field, for the rest of their lives.”

As a player, Gill was an All-amer­i­can and Heis­man

Tro­phy fi­nal­ist for the Corn­huskers in the early 1980s. He also played short­stop for a sin­gle sea­son at Nebraska be­fore play­ing three years pro­fes­sion­ally in the Cleve­land In­di­ans’ or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The Ra­zor­backs kick off the sec­ond year un­der Chad Mor­ris with the first of six games in Fayettevil­le on Aug. 31 against Port­land State in­side Don­ald W.

Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium. The Bat­tle Line Ri­valry pre­sented by Shel­ter In­sur­ance shifts venues to Lit­tle Rock’s War Me­mo­rial Sta­dium for the first time on Fri­day, Nov. 29.

Sea­son tick­ets for the 2019 sea­son are on sale now and can be pur­chased by call­ing 479.575.5151, email­ing [email protected] or by vis­it­ing arkansas­ra­zor­backs. com.

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