Introduction of Dan Morse, presented by Casey Santos-Ocampo, Class of 2019 and Baseball Team member
Simply put, Dan Morse was one of the best multi-sport student-athletes in Jumbo history. On the gridiron, he was a quarterback who could also run back kicks, a quick and elusive runner with a cannon for an arm. And as electric as he was on the football field, his athleticism translated to a one-of-a-kind combination of grace, power and speed on the baseball diamond.
By the time Dan graduated in 1999, he had amassed 5,379 career yards of total offense - 4,039 passing yards and 1,340 rushing – which stood as a Tufts record until just this past season. He had an amazing knack for finding the endzone, scoring 24 touchdowns over his career, which ties him for second on Tufts’ all-time list. He has the third highest quarterback efficiency rating in team history, and in 1998, he led the team to 7-1 record and was named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year.
As a freshman on the baseball team, Dan led the team with five home runs and 15 stolen bases. During his junior year, Dan was named a Rawlings NCAA All-American after hitting a remarkable .484 with eight home runs. Dan was a .383 career hitter at Tufts with 18 home runs and 146 runs scored in 124 career games. He still holds the Jumbo baseball records for hits in a season with 61 and stolen bases in a career with 50, and he is third all-time in runs scored. A captain of the team in 1999, he helped lead the Jumbos to two ECAC New England championships in 1996 and 1997.
But at the end of the day, what Dan’s coaches and teammates on the football and baseball field found most impressive about all of those gaudy numbers was Dan’s ability to achieve them without bringing any attention to himself. He was an unbelievable athlete who always put the team first, and he was respected, loved and revered by his teammates for it.
John Casey, who was Dan’s coach in both baseball and football, said the following: “A coach doesn’t get to coach many Dan Morse’s in his or her career. The plays he made on the football and baseball field I have never seen made before or since, but he did it with such smoothness. Dan was that special guy who was not only a phenomenal athlete who made everything look so easy, but a great team guy and a true leader.”
Please join me in welcoming Dan Morse to the stage to accept his Tufts Athletics Hall of Fame Award.