Morris: Concussion Incident 'In The Past'

Shane Morris says he's past the concussion incident and is strictly focused on being the next starting quarterback at Michigan.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Some plays you just want to forget. And for Michigan quarterback Shane Morris, one play in particular he would like to forget forever.

That play, of course, is when he was put back in the game against Minnesota by then coach Brady Hoke, after sustaining what was later called a "mild concussion," when he took a shot under the chin by a Gopher defensive lineman in his previous play. Morris was seen holding onto a U-M lineman for balance as he hobbled off the field; however, he was later put back in the game by Hoke. Controversy followed, leading to a national story regarding his mishandled injury.

"I really try to forget about that," Morris said. "It's in the past. It's really not a big part of my life. And I don't want it to be."

The Morris play, along with a losing record, student protests, and the resignation of athletic director Dave Brandon, led to the eventual firing of Hoke after the season.

The competition for the starting quarterback spot -- and not his previous concussion injury -- is his focus now, Morris says.

"... I came here to be the starting quarterback," Morris said. "I came here to be a successful starting quarterback at the University of Michigan. And that's what I plan on doing."

Last Saturday, Morris completed 11 of 24 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown in Blue's 7-0 win over Maize in Michigan's annual spring game. He was named the leader of the quarterback competition afterwards by coach Jim Harbaugh.

Getting Experienced

Post spring game, Morris was pleased with his performance on the field.

"Just being able to get back in the Big House," Morris said. "Playing in the Big House, it's my first time back in there playing. So it was just awesome. I felt like I did pretty well today, and we can build off that and keep going."

And his hope is to use what experience he has to help solidify his chances of winning the starting spot this fall.

"Obviously, I have in-game experience," Morris said. "I'm going to be a junior -- which is crazy to think about. But I've been here, this is going to be my third year. I've played in two games and appeared in others. But being able to have that experience and playing in games, and being on the field, being with the guys going on three years, is huge for me."

Michigan opens up play at Utah on Sept. 3.

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