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Have you ever wondered why Jamal Morrow is a captain?

How the 5'9" running back earned his role before he even played a down for the Cougars

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Mike Leach was asked on Monday during his press conference about how redshirt junior running back Jamal Morrow became the team's captain, and the response was exactly what you would expect from Leach: nothing normal.

In the Fall of 2013, Jamal Morrow and his mother went to a taping of The Price is Right during their Back-to School special. In an August of 2013 article for the Daily Evergreen, Alex Madison talks about how Morrow, a freshman on the football team at the time, and his mother waited in line for almost 5 hours.

Morrow made his way to the final showcase round where he had the opportunity to guess the price of a car, a computer, and cash. His guess was $400 off the correct price and lost but was able to still walk away with some consolation prizes.

So what does this have to do with Morrow being named captain by Mike Leach? The Cougar head coach has tried everything when it comes to captains and nothing seemed to work. After a hard decision of who to choose, Leach decided on Morrow based on his performance on the Price is Right, because he "almost" won.

During the press conference, Leach said that the captain just calls the coin toss really and just has to be smart and lucky. Morrow fit the mold and was thrown out there and won a good amount of coin tosses to begin with. He eventually earned the trust of Leach and the coach has kept Morrow as the captain for the past two and a half years.

So for future reference, if you want to become a captain on the football team all you have to do is almost win on a game show.

Morrow does have his secrets, however.



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