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for the Pro Bowl as a kick returner in 2013. Cobb became the first 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 finished with 34 kickoff returns for 941 yards and a touchdown, and finished the season ranked second in the NFL (first 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 fifth-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, 11/27/80) 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 final 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: 8TH YEAR NFL EXPERIENCE: 13TH YEAR Hired to assist the offensive line on September 6, 2010, Ruel begins his eighth season in Seattle. He joined the Seahawks after coaching five 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. The Seahawks running game ranks first in the NFL with 13,144 rush yards since 2011, and had a franchise-record 25-game streak of 100-plus rushing yards from 2014-15. Seattle’s rush offense finished in the top-five for the fourthconsecutive season in 2015, ranking third with 141.8 yards per game. Seattle was the no. 1-ranked rushing attack in the NFL during Seattle’s run to Super Bowl XLIX with a franchise record 2,762 yards on the ground and it set the franchise-record for rushing yards in a single-game with 350 vs. the N.Y. Giants. The Seahawks once again ranked in the top-five in rushing in 2013, averaging 136.8 ypg to rank fourth in the NFL during their Super Bowl XLVIII championship season. Seattle’s 2012 line was led by first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl C Max Unger and Pro Bowl LT Russell Okung. Seattle’s rushing attack ranked third in the NFL with 2,579 yards led by first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl RB Marshawn Lynch. Lynch set career-highs in carries (315), yards (1,590, 3rd NFL), average gain (5.0, 4th NFL) and most yards from scrimmage (1,786, 4th NFL). He also set the franchise’s highest yards per carry average (11.64, 11 for 128) vs. Arizona. Assisting Cable in 2011, Seattle’s line once ranked as the third-youngest in the NFL, but with injuries to rookie RT James Carpenter and RG John Moffitt, and second-year tackle Okung, the Seahawks line finished as the seventh-youngest in the league. Despite that, Cable and Ruel plugged away and maintained a solid unit as Seattle’s line paved the way for Lynch’s 285 carries, 1,204 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. Lynch also led the league the last-half of the season with 941 yards and nine touchdowns, rushing for 100+ in six of the last nine games and became Seattle’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Shaun Alexander (2005). At the college level in 2008, Ruel was picked as one of the country’s top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com. In 2007, offensive tackle Sam Baker was named an All- American first teamer for the third consecutive year (third Trojan to do so), offensive guard Chilo Rachal made the All-Pac-10 first team and center Kristofer O’Dowd was a freshman All-American first teamer. Baker was a first-round NFL draft pick following the 2007 season, while Rachal was a second rounder. In 2006, center Ryan Kalil was an All-American first-team pick and a second-round pick in the 2007 NFL draft. In 2005, Baker and offensive guard Deuce Lutui were All- American first teamers and Kalil was on the All-Pac-10 first team. Lutui and offensive tackle Winston Justice were secondround picks in the 2006 NFL draft, while offensive guard Fred Matua was a seventh rounder. Ruel spent the 2004 season as an offensive line assistant with the New York Giants after spending the previous four seasons with Buffalo (2003), Green Bay (2001-02) and Detroit (2000). The Packers advanced to the NFC playoffs both seasons. Prior to that, Ruel worked on the college level for the first 26 years of his career. His coaching career began in 1973 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Miami. He was promoted to a full-time assistant handling the offensive line for the Hurricanes for the following three seasons (1974-76). In 1977, he became the assistant offensive line coach at ASSISTANT COACHES 58


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