IOWA CITY, Iowa – Former Michigan running back Jamie Morris was the guest on Friday’s Hawk Fanatic radio show and podcast.
Morris knows all about playing in the hostile environment at Kinnick Stadium, which will be the setting for No.4 Michigan’s game against Iowa on Saturday.
Morris, who is Michigan’s all-time career leader in all-purpos yards, started at running back for Michigan in the 1985 showdown between No. 1 Iowa and No. 2 Michigan at Kinnick Stadium.
Iowa prevailed 12-10 on a last-second field goal by Rob Houghtlin.
The game, which was played on Oct. 19, started in the mid-afternoon, and it was dark for much of the second half.
Morris described the atmosphere in Kinnick Stadium as “haunting” after it turned dark, and he said the atmosphere at Kinnick Stadium had a lot to do with Iowa winning in 1985.
Morris said he was relieved to learn that Saturday’s game would start at 11:05 a.m. CST because he thinks playing at night would’ve made the home crowd even a bigger factor.
Morris played at Michigan from 1984-87 under head coach Bo Schembechler.
Morris still holds the Michigan record for all-purpose yards (6,201) and he is one of just two Michigan players to lead the team in rushing in each of his four seasons in the program, the other being Mike Hart
Morris also still holds the NFL record for most carries in a game at 45, which he set in 1988 as a member of the Washington Redskins.
We apprecaite Jamie Morris being our guest and really enjoyed breaking down Saturday’s game from the Michigan perspective, and with one of the greatest running backs in Michigan history.