Ty Morrow: Chasing football dreams after serving in the U.S. Nav

Ty Morrow: Chasing football dreams after serving in the U.S. Navy

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

 

Playing football at Texas Tech was always a dream for Ty Morrow. 

"My dad, both my uncles and my aunt, they all went to Texas Tech and graduated from Texas Tech," the offensive lineman said. "I grew up watching football here. I watched Patrick Mahomes, I watched Coach Kingsbury, I watched all of them."

When Morrow was a senior at Canadian High School, he had offers from Tulsa and other smaller schools, but one day his senior year, those plans were put on hold.

"It was the third week of school and my dad passed away," he said. "He was coming back from my brother's first college golf tournament my senior year when he went head on with an 18-wheeler."

Morrow said he lost his motivation to play football, "We spent every minute of our lives with my dad. He was at every football practice, golf tournament, you name it he was there."

So he went back to another childhood dream and joined the military. 

"I joined the U.S. Navy and deployed my first duty station was NSA Bahrain, that was a 2-year back to back deployment, then went to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, spent a year and half there and then decided if I wanted to stay or get out, but I really missed football," he recalled.

Morrow joined the reserves and walked on at Midwestern State. Unexpectedly, he was deployed again, back to Bahrain. 

"Our primary mission out there was to eradicate ISIS," Morrow said.

After an eight month mission, he came back to Texas, with another decision to make, "Go ahead and play football at the Division 2 level or go ahead and chase a crazy dream of playing D1 football for my dream Texas Tech, my dad's favorite school."

In January of 2019, Matt Wells held an open tryout. Morrow showed up. He was one of two lineman and one of the last players in line.

"We run our 40 yard dashes and at the end of it they say hey, at 4 P.M. we're going to post a little list of the names that made it, I showed up at 4 o'clock and said, there's no way," he smiled. "Then there's my name at the bottom of this list."

The list meant he had a chance to make it through spring ball. Morrow was the only player to last and make the roster. No one on the coaching staff knew of his military background.

"Coach Farmer came up to me and said, hey, how old are you, your papers say you're 24," he laughed. "They've embraced it and they've embraced me as a person and I love this coaching staff."

Even though he's 25 years old, Morrow has two years of eligibility left. According to the offensive lineman, he plans to use them. While he reached his goal of playing at his dream school, he still takes lessons he learned in the Navy and applies them on the field.

"If you want to achieve any kind of goal or anything you have to work hard, and obviously it paid off, it got me here and I'm still trying to bust my butt every day to hopefully earn a spot as a starter one day," he said.

Morrow remains in the reserves. He had to perform his physical readiness test for it in early November. It just so happened to be on Texas Tech's bye week.

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