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Sports - January 8, 2016

Sports Shorts

LEAVING EARLY . . . Junior soccer forward Jordan Morris announced this week that he will forgo his senior season at Stanford and embark on a professional career. Morris was on campus to celebrate with his teammates at the Stanford's season-ending banquet on Monday night. He will be in St. Louis for the MAC Hermann Trophy ceremony on Friday as one of three finalists for the college player of the year. He'll then depart to join Werder Bremen for a training stint at that team's camp in southern Turkey. A Sounders FC Academy product, Morris' MLS rights are owned by Seattle. Morris, a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist and the Most Outstanding Player at the College Cup, catapulted the Cardinal to the program's first NCAA title with a two-goal performance in a 4-0 win over Clemson in the championship at Sporting Park on Dec. 13. The Pac-12 Player of the Year, Morris had a career-high 13 goals in 18 appearances for Stanford in 2015. In his final 14 games with the Cardinal, the junior had 12 goals, three assists and 27 points. He finished fifth in the country in game-winning goals (6), fifth in goals per game (0.72), seventh in total goals (13) and 12th in points per game (1.61). Also leaving early will be Stanford football junior tight end Austin Hooper, who announced that he will declare for the NFL Draft. The psychology major from San Ramon had 34 receptions for 438 yards and six touchdowns — tied for 10th among FBS tight ends — during the 2015 season. Hooper averaged 31.3 receiving yards/game. Hooper, a Mackey Award finalist and All-Pac-12 first-team performer, totaled 74 catches for 937 yards and eight touchdowns over the past two seasons for the Cardinal. Hooper also was named to the Associated Press' All-America third team in 2015. He did not play during his freshman season.

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