Morris: Intends on Keeping QB Job

Junior QB Shane Morris says he isn't going to let graduate transfer Jake Rudock take the starting role without a fight. See what Morris has to say and more inside.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Entering his junior season at Michigan, Shane Morris isn't backing down from the expected quarterback competition this upcoming fall camp.

His competition, of course, is Michigan's latest addition to its quarterback stable: Iowa graduate transfer Jake Rudock.

Ruddock, who ended last season as Iowa's backup, transferred to U-M earlier this month and is expected to be a favorite -- along with Morris -- to win the starting quarterback job before Michigan's road opener at Utah on Sept. 3.

"He got here about two weeks ago, so I really don't know him that well yet," Morris said of Rudock at U-M's QB camp on Saturday. "But I have talked to him here and there.

"But it's a competitive atmosphere every time I am around him. Whether we are running sprints or throwing. He came here to take my job. I'm just not going to let it happen."

Morris, who came to Michigan as a five-star recruit out of nearby Warren (Mich.) De La Salle Collegiate, admits he wasn't used to fighting for his job in high school. However, his mindset changed once he arrived at U-M as a freshman.

"It does somewhat in the fact, because in high school I didn't really have a lot of competition," Morris said. "I was the 'the guy.' In some points you kind of get lackadaisical. You know, comfortable."

Adding: "In college I have been competing every since I've been here. That's the biggest thing. You can't get comfortable in anything. You got to keep working hard every day. You have to show up to practice every day with same mentality that you are competing for your job. It's your life. Your lively hood. It's college football. It's why I am here."

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