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Dan Morrison is in his seventh season at SMU after spending nine seasons as quarterbacks coach for Hawaii.
Since coming to the Hilltop, the SMU offensehas rewritten the SMU record book. In their six years on the Hilltop, SMU teams have set 13 of the school's 14 all-time offensive team records. His SMU QBs have also performed at the highest level. Garrett Gilbert set five single-game passing records (total offense (635), plays (81), TDs responsible for (7), completions (45), pass attempts (70)), and Kyle Padron still holds one for passing TDs in a season with 35.
The 2013 season saw Garrett Gilbert on pace to set numerous records, but the senior QB suffered an injury and missed the final two games of the year. Following the season, though, Gilbert was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the NFL Draft.
In 2012, Morrison led new SMU Gilbert, as the Mustangs posted top-10 school efforts in scoring, scoring average, total offense, passing yards, passing TDs, completions, attempts, completion percentage and first downs among others.
In 2011, Morrison helped new starter J.J. McDermott to a great season, as the senior transfer threw for 3,421 yards, second-most ever at SMU.
The 2010 season saw Morrison protégé Kyle Padron notch SMU single-season records in passing yards (3,828), total yards (4,072), touchdown passes (31), completions (302) and attempts (508).
The 2009 season saw Morrison develop Padron, then a true freshman, into the team's starter after then-starter Bo Levi Mitchell was lost to a shoulder injury midway through the season. The development culminated with Padron's school-record 460-yard, two-TD, Game MVP performance in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. With Morrison's guidance, Padron was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team, went 5-1 as SMU's starting quarterback and posted a 159.9 passer rating - fifth-best in the nation. As a team, SMU finished ranked 15th in the nation in passing offense.
In his first season at SMU, Morrison tutored a pair of freshman quarterbacks and led the pair to pass for a school-record-tying 29 TDs on the year. The SMU offense ended the season ranked 17th in the nation in passing offense.
Morrison produced All-Conference performers in five of his nine seasons at UH, mentoring NCAA all-time passing leader Timmy Chang and NCAA all-time touchdown pass leader Colt Brennan. In 2004, Chang made NCAA history by becoming the all-time passing leader with 17,072 yards, and in 2007, Brennan, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy race, broke 29 NCAA records, including passing touchdowns in a season (58) and career (131).
In 1999, Morrison developed a talented, but unproven quarterback in Dan Robinson. Robinson was never allowed to settle in one system, as he played for three different offensive coordinators in as many years. He found a home in the run-and-shoot offense, however, and Morrison coached him to success, as he passed for 3,853 yards and 28 touchdowns. Robinson eventually earned second-team All-Conference honors.
In 2000, Morrison guided Chang, a true freshman, through a rebuilding season that earned him WAC Freshman of the Year honors after passing for 3,041 yards and 19 touchdowns.
When Chang was granted a medical hardship in 2001, senior Nick Rolovich finally got his chance and, under Morrison's tutelage, became one of the top passers in the country. Rolovich threw for 1,548 yards and 20 touchdowns in his last three games, including an eight-touchdown performance against then-undefeated BYU in the final game of the season. The experienced reserve finished second in the WAC and fourth in the nation in total offense (336.5) and third in the WAC and 10th in the nation in pass efficiency (150.5).
In 2002, Chang returned and led the Warriors to a 10-4 record, as he passed for 4,474 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Morrison has a strong background as an educator and utilizes those skills to teach the intricacies of the Run-and-Shoot to his quarterbacks.
In nine seasons, Warrior quarterbacks passed for over 40,000 yards and 350 touchdowns under Morrison's guidance. During Morrison's tenure at Hawaii, the Warrior offense ranked in the top five nationally in passing each year.
He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of Nikki, an SMU graduate. Nikki is married to former SMU standout Donald Mitchell and the two have a daughter, Malia.