Morris, who'd been bed ridden and even in the hospital over the past few weeks due to mononucleosis, traded in his patient band for a play sheet, a pillow for his helmet, a hospital gown for the all white Pilots jersey to take the field as the leader of the De La Salle offense in a game with playoff implications at U of D Jesuit.
"Being able to get back with my guys, it was just awesome to have the opportunity to play again this season," Morris told GoBlueWolverine afterwards. "It was just so awesome and it was unbelievable."
"My recovery went really well with mono," continued Morris. "I got better a lot quicker than the doctors, even I, expected. But my spleen was the only thing keeping me out after a couple weeks. My spleen was enlarged. The average is like 10 to 13 and mine was like 18. So now it's back down to normal size. I got my ultrasound done a couple days ago and they said it was fine."
Not only did Morris feel unbelievable, the Scout.com five-star quarterback played better than anyone could have expected after missing practices and dropping ten pounds throughout the whole ordeal.
"Obviously I'm not in as good of shape as I was before, but I'm getting there," said Morris. "I'm not running the ball as much. I'm getting there, and I felt good out there today. I felt really well—and it was just good to be back in the swing of things."
Now five pounds heavier after gaining some of the weight back, Morris finished the night 17-22 passing for 173 yards and two touchdowns in a winning effort, 39-12 over U of D.
Although there was a heavy dose of running by De La Salle early with senior running back Damorria Lilly, it didn't take long for Morris to make an impact with his arm, finding a rhythm early and sustaining it for the entirety of the game.
"When we're able to run the ball like we did today it makes the passing a lot easier," said Morris. "A lot of the receivers did a great job with running their routes, getting open and caught the ball well. So all in all it was good."
Just like Morris had support from his teammates on the field Friday night, the support off the field, whether it was in his home or at the hospital, was unwavering over the past three and a half weeks.
"Obviously my parents were there 24/7," said Morris. "They were at the hospital with me 24 hours a day. My brother, my sister, my grandparents, my family was there for me the whole time. My coaches were there for me, and my team came and saw me a lot. I wasn't alone at all actually, there was always someone with me and it was awesome. It made it a lot easier."
Morris also added that he heard from every single one of his fellow commitments in the class of 2013 and beyond, as well as the Michigan coaching staff. The lone quarterback commitment in the class, Morris made it up to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines 45-0 drubbing of Illinois Saturday.
The 39-12 win puts De La Salle at 4-4 on the year and in position to sneak into the playoffs with one more win next week. The return of Morris couldn't have come at a better time for the Pilots.
To watch extended highlights of Morris in action Friday night against U of D Jesuit, press play below.