In his second career start at home against Minnesota, his only start of 2014, Michigan was beaten thoroughly and Morris was hit hard on a helmet to helmet hit that would eventually send shockwaves through Ann Arbor and the college football world.
Morris was inserted into the game despite later being diagnosed with a probable mild concussion in a statement from then athletic director Dave Brandon.
With Brandon now out, as well as Coach Brady Hoke after four seasons with Michigan, the Wolverines will now be led by former Michigan quarterback himself, Jim Harbaugh.
“We’re all excited,” Morris said Tuesday following the press conference for Harbaugh. “He’s won everywhere he’s been.
“We need a coach who knows how to win and we’re ready to win, ready to turn everything around and just ready to get back to work.”
Michigan will have to wait a few more days before doing so with the University still on winter break.
While Morris was sure to point out how much he and his teammates loved Hoke, the level of excitement to have a name and caliber of coach like Harbaugh now manning things in Ann Arbor is evident.
“Harbaugh’s a big name around the world and especially in Ann Arbor,” Morris said. “Having him as our coach, it really magnifies everything. I can’t wait.”
Morris noted the communication offered by current interim athletic director Jim Hackett throughout the process, keeping the team informed of timeline for a new hire.
With several reports and rumors, seemingly new ones every single day throughout the process, Morris added players tried not to get their hopes up with anyone.
“I didn’t want to believe anything because stuff changes,” he said. “But today it’s finally real and we’re all very excited and ready to get back to work.”
As a quarterback Morris has even more to look forward to, his new head coach has gone through the same workouts, same practices, worn the same jersey inside Michigan Stadium and will be able to offer a great degree of tutelage.
Not only did Harbaugh play the position in college, he also had the opportunity to revive the career of Alex Smith, give Colin Kaepernick a start in the NFL and mentor Andrew Luck prior to being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts.
“He started three years here and played 13 years in the league,” Morris said. “He knows quarterback, knows it in and out and I’m just excited to be able to work with him.”
“I’m ready to learn.”
The initial conference call between Harbaugh and his new team was brief, focused on getting back to town and ready to work.
For Morris, this is his third offense in three years but the Michigan native isn’t worried about picking things up quick.
“I’ve done it twice already so it’s not going to be anything new,” Morris said.