In the fifth of a nine-part series on the 2013 UA Sports Hall of Honor class, ArkansasRazorbacks.com takes a look back at the career of former football star Dickey Morton.
Dickey Morton lettered at Arkansas from 1971-73, leading the team in rushing in all three years of his collegiate career, including earning back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. He was a two-time All-Southwest Conference selection and was voted to the Arkansas’ All-Decade Team for the 1970s. He broke the SWC career rushing record with 3,317 yards, still third on UA’s all-time list, on 595 carries, the third-highest career total in school history, and scored 16 touchdowns. He broke the school’s single-season rushing record twice, and his 1,298 yards from 1973 still ranks sixth on the all-time list. His career average of 5.57 yards per carry is tied for sixth all-time at Arkansas.
In his junior season, he earned a then-record 1,188 yards and six touchdowns on 242 attempts before eclipsing his own record with 1,298 yards and five touchdowns on 226 carries as a senior. He also averaged 26.14 yards per kickoff return to rank second on UA’s all-time career list. His 15 career 100-yard rushing games rank third on the school’s all-time list, and his 4,070 all-purpose yards are the fifth-most in UA history.
He held UA’s single-game rushing record with 271 yards against Baylor from 1973 until Darren McFapen eclipsed it in 2007. His mark remains second on the single game rushing list. He played professionally in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts.
The 2013 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Aug. 30-31. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time Arkansas’ season opening football game against Louisiana at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Tables and individual tickets to the induction banquet and the Hall of Honor golf tournament may be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. Sponsorships are also available for the banquet and golf outing. For more information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000 or visit RazorbackFoundation.com.