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touchdowns), 33 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. He added fi ve postseason interceptions and played in Super Bowls XXXVIII with Carolina and XLI with Chicago. He started 45 consecutive games for UCLA in college, ranking as the second-longest starting streak in school history. He intercepted 13 passes as a Bruin and was a three-time fi rst-team All-Pac 10 selection. He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Edison High School, leading his team to a 9-4 record and semifi nal playoff appearance in 2012. Manning, Jr. returned to school, and in 2013, graduated with a degree in business administration & organizational leadership from Fresno Pacifi c. He is also working towards his master’s degree from Fresno Pacifi c. Born on November 18, 1980, he and his wife, Tosha, have four sons. CHAD MORTON ASSISTANT RUNNING BACKS/ ASSISTANT SPECIAL TEAMS SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 3RD YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 8TH YEAR Hired on March 17, 2014, as assistant special teams coach, Morton joined the Seahawks after spending four seasons in the same role with the Green Bay Packers. In 2015, he began work with the running backs. In 2015, Morton helped the emergence of rookie Tyler Lockett become a fi rst-team AP All-Pro as a return specialist. Lockett became the second player in NFL history (Hall of Famer Gale Sayers) to return a punt and kickoff for touchdowns and have fi ve receiving touchdowns in a single-season. Lockett returned a kickoff 105 yards for a franchise-record and his 1,915 combined yards are the fourth-most in a season in franchise history, and his 139 punt return yards at Arizona set the club record. Morton’s contributions in Green Bay affected various aspects of the return game, where Randall Cobb was named a fi rst alternate for the Pro Bowl as a kick returner in 2013. Cobb became the fi rst player in NFL history to have 900-plus kickoff return yards (964) and receiving yards (954) in the same season. Cobb was also named a Pro Bowl alternate and to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie team for his efforts as the team’s primary returner in 2011. Cobb fi nished with 34 kickoff returns for 941 yards and a touchdown, and fi nished the season ranked No. 2 in the NFL (fi rst among rookies) with a 27.7 average. A seven-year NFL veteran as a player, Morton was a running back and kick/punt returner who began his career with New Orleans in 2000 as a fi fth-round draft pick. Serving primarily as a returner as a pro, Morton tallied 5,401 career kickoff-return yards and three kick-return scores, as well as 1,431 career punt-return yards and one score, in 93 career games. He was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate as a returner in 2002 and 2005. He is the only player in NFL history to return a kickoff for a touchdown in regulation and overtime in the same game (at Buffalo, 9/8/02) and joins Chicago’s Dave Williams (at Detroit, Nov. 27, 1980) as the only players in NFL history to return a kickoff for a touchdown in overtime. In 2000 with the Saints, Morton tied the NFL single-game playoff record with 13 receptions, against the Minnesota Vikings. Morton was an All-Pac-10 selection at Southern California, where he served as the team’s primary running back his fi nal two seasons. He led the team with 1,141 yards and 15 touchdowns on 262 carries as a senior, and he ranks 11th on the Trojans’ all-time rushing list with 2,511 career yards. He graduated from USC with a degree in sociology. Born on April 4, 1977, in Torrance, Calif., Morton attended South High School, where he played running back and also ran track. His older brother, Johnnie, played wide receiver for 12 seasons (1994- 2005) in the NFL, including eight with the Detroit Lions. Morton and his wife, Tamra, have two sons, Avery and Aiden, and two daughters, Alexis and Ariella. PAT RUEL ASSISTANT OFFENSIVE LINE SEAHAWKS EXPERIENCE: 7TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 12TH YEAR Hired to assist the offensive line on September 6, 2010, Ruel begins his seventh season in Seattle. He joined the Seahawks after coaching fi ve seasons (2005-09) at USC in the same capacity. In collaboration with Tom Cable, the two spearheaded Seattle’s rushing attack to become the best since the 2011 season. Behind their lines, the Seahawks running game ranks fi rst in the NFL with 11,553 rush yards since 2011, posted 100-plus team rushing yards in 62 of its last 73 games, including a franchiserecord 25-game streak of 100-plus yards snapped in 2015. Seattle’s rush offense fi nished in the top-fi ve for the fourth-consecutive season in 2015, ranking third with 141.8 yards per game. 55


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