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nose out front and demanding the spot- light shine on him." CALLING THE HOGS Morris admitted in December that the Razorbacks likely will have roster "transition" from the huddling pro-style offense of the previous staff to his style. "There's going to be a little bit of a roster flip that we're going to have to have as we transition," he said. "But again, you're still going to line up and run the power and the counter and the inside and outside zone. That's college football. We're just going to do it in dif- ferent ways." Morris also said he would tailor the attack to favor the personnel on the ros- ter. How that will look when the Razor- backs open the season Saturday against Eastern Illinois is unknown. Eventually, those who know Morris say, he'll turn the Razorbacks into win- ners. "I think he'll turn it around at Arkan- sas," Shellnutt said. "He's just got to have the time to get the kind of kids he knows it takes to win in that conference. And I think he can recruit. "He will get the recruits eventually. Kids love that offense in high school. They're going to go to those places that run it because it's exciting." Morris' evaluations go beyond the statistics football fans devour. He cre- ated his own formula to calculate the efficiency for every position group on the team, though he keeps those figures in house. "The efficiencies of things," Morris told the Dallas Morning News last year. "Not just the cold, hard number where anybody can look it up. I like the effi- ciency of it, where you got to put a for- mula together to figure a few things out. "I've always felt like, and I've always felt this way since I was a kid, for every question there's an answer. For every problem there's a solution. We've gotta go find the solution in a lot of these cas- es. You got to think outside the box. You got to be able to be different." McEnturff said Morris' proficiency in math worked on the football field. "His logical thinking and his ability to read the secondary and read defens- es like he did, it was good," McEnturff said. "Special kids come around only a few in a lifetime. He would rank as a top one. He's gifted. He's very organized. He expects his coaches to be that way. He expects his players to be the same way." Carter, who was a player for Morris at Eustace and his late father Henry Carter coached on Morris' staff, called himself "a supreme homer" when it comes to his former coach. "Other than my own dad, coach Mor- ris has had the biggest impact on my life," he said. "He's a passionate guy. He's energy driven. He will never be satisfied, no matter what. That's what drives him. "You take a look at the attitude and some of the comments from the kids [at SMU] when he left, you'll see how much he meant to them. I would imagine the University of Arkansas team is going to feel the same way once they get a chance to know him. He's changed a lot of lives." Whiting said what he remembered most about Morris was that he always gave the best he had to give. "You might not have been able to put your finger on it then, but you can look back and say, 'Yep, he had it,'" Whiting said. "I think he always had that drive to be successful from way back in his youth." Morris' newest pursuit, turning Ar- kansas into a contender after a six-year lull, could be his greatest challenge yet. 12 Arkansas Football Sunday, August 26, 2018 Coach v Continued from Page 11 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette File Photo/THOMAS METTHE Arkansas head coach Chad Morris yells instruction to his players April 7 during the Razorbacks' Red-White football game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

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