UCLA - Presley signed scholarship papers in December 2008, enrolled the next day and began classes on Jan. 5, 2009, the first day of Winter Quarter ... Considered the consensus No. 1 prep tight end for the 2008 season ... Saw limited action in 2009, but gained valuable experience ... Worked out of the F-back position in 2010 ... Multi-faceted weapon who is a physical player, yet agile enough to create mismatches with opponent defenses.
2010 - Appeared in 11 games with six starts ... Started in opener at Kansas State and lined up at various spots during the game ... Started against Stanford and made one catch (2 yds) ... Also started against Houston ... Started at Texas and made one catch (6) and blocked well ... Made one catch (4) against Washington State ... Started at Cal, but did not have a reception ... Sat out game at Oregon due to suspension ... Played off the bench versus Arizona, Oregon State and at Washington ... Caught one pass (10) at Arizona State ... Had one catch against USC (-2).
2009 - Appeared in six games and made one start (Oregon) ... Made his debut in the opener against San Diego St. ... Made his first career reception at Tennessee (12 yards and first down) ... Did not play against Kansas St. ... Made three catches at Stanford(22) ... Made his first career start versus Oregon ... Made one catch versus Cal(2) and ran twice for two yards ... Caught one pass at Arizona(7) ... Did not play at Oregon St. and missed the Washington, WSU, ASU and USC games due to a sprained shoulder ... Did not see action in the bowl win over Temple.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three years in football at Carson (CA) HS for coach Mike Christensen ... Rated No. 1 tight end in the nation by scout.com ... Rated No. 33 national prospect by scout.com ... Rated No. 1 tight end by ESPNU ... Earned five stars from scout.com ... Earned four stars from rivals.com ... CalHiSports.com All-State first team ... Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West ... Played in UnderArmour All-Star Game ... Los Angeles All-City first team ... Named to L.A. Times All-Southland team ... As a senior, made 44 receptions for 783 yards and seven touchdowns ... Caught seven passes for 149 yards and two TDs in win over Banning ... Had nine receptions for 179 yards and one score in loss to Venice.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Morrell Kalanianaole Presley ... Born: April 26, 1991 in Los Angeles, CA ... Parents: Steven and Monika Hawkins ... Has two brothers ... Lists earning a college scholarship as the highlight of his athletic career ... UCLA alumnus Marcedes Lewis, Vernon Davis and Santana Moss are the athletes he admires and patterns his style of play after ... Aunt (Annemarie Francois) is a lecturer at UCLA and uncle (Greg Francois) was a running back for the Bruins (1981-85) ... History major.
Career Highs Receptions: 3 vs. Stanford, 2009
Receiving Yards: 22 vs. Stanford, 2009