Former Tennessee football players Wanya Morris and Eric Gray. Photo by Caitlyn Jordan/RTI.
While the NFL Combine is widely used to show off the best of the best with hopes of entering the league, it can provide worrisome moments as well, like what happened on Sunday afternoon.
While running the 40-yard dash on the Indianapolis Colts’ field, former Tennessee and Oklahoma offensive lineman Wanya Morris suffered an injury as he grabbed at his hamstring during the sprint.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport shed some more light on the situation on Monday morning, saying that “Wanya Morris, who injured himself in the 40-yard dash yesterday at the Combine, suffered a Grade 2 hamstring, source said, which is a 3-4 week recovery. TBD on his Pro Day, but he will be ready for private workouts with teams in April.”
The video on Twitter has nearly five million views and more than 13 million impressions.
This is exactly why Olinemen shouldn’t have to run the 40. This situation would never consistently happen in a game. pic.twitter.com/WsqMdoUdIg
— Billy (@Billyhottakes) March 5, 2023
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Morris, a four-year college football player, attended the University of Tennessee for his first two years (2019-2020) and the University of Oklahoma for his latter two years (2021-2022). The senior from Grayson, Georgia, played in 15 games over the course of his career with the Sooners and started eight of those games.
Morris opted out of Oklahoma’s Cheez-It Bowl appearance to close out the most recent 2022 season.
During his first year at Tennessee in 2019, Morris came to Knoxville as a five/four-star recruit in the class from Grayson High School. Morris ended his freshman season as an SEC All-Freshman Team selection and started 12 of Tennessee’s 13 games that season at left tackle.
Morris entered the transfer portal on Jan. 13, 2021, which was five days before former head coach Jeremy Pruitt was officially fired on Jan. 18, 2021.
Wanya Morris was one of Tennessee and Jeremy Pruitt’s two five-star recruits in the class of 2019. The other, five-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright, is projected as a first-round draft pick following a great showing at the 2023 NFL Combine this past weekend.
Oklahoma OL Wanya Morris says he has spent significant time with the Eagles, Commanders, and Colts. Has also met with the Steelers. pic.twitter.com/uchGHTQV4D
— Andrew Wilbar (@Andrew_Wilbar) March 4, 2023