Michigan quarterback Shane Morris discusses his reason to redshirt, his outlook on playing QB at U-M in the future and more.

Michigan quarterback Shane Morris discusses his reason to redshirt, his outlook on playing QB at U-M in the future and more.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Shane Morris has a plan.

And it’s simple.

He plans on graduating from Michigan with his degree in Sports Management in May 2017.

Which means he’s not going anywhere anytime soon or looking to transfer, he said today outside the Citrus Bowl, Day For Kids event put on by the bowl.

“I committed as a sophomore (in high school) and I plan on graduating here,” said Morris.

That statement put an end to rumors that he might transfer after redshirting his junior season after losing the quarterback competition to graduate transfer Jake Rudock in fall camp.

“It was kind of a mutual agreement,” Morris said of redshirt season. “We thought it was the best thing to do. Jake (Rudock) had a really good camp and won the quarterback position. We thought it was the best idea to not take this year off, but to use this year to get better, bigger, stronger, learn the offense and what the coaches want us to do and get two more years out of it.”

Morris, who was rated a five-star talent coming out of Warren (Mich.) De La Salle in 2013, admits losing the job to Rudock was humbling, but is trying to move forward with a positive outlook towards his future.

“I’ve been humbled before,” Morris said. “I didn’t win the quarterback competition my freshman year, or my sophomore year. So it’s kind of like the same thing. But I felt I was more ready for it this year. But it sucked. I mean obviously want to play. I wanted to be a starter. But everything happens for a reason – I have to make the most of it.”

With Rudock’s college career coming to an end in Friday’s Citrus Bowl, that leaves the QB competition “wide open” with no clear-cut No. 1 starter heading into spring camp, says Morris.  

“The best quarterback will be the starter,” said Morris.

Michigan (9-3) plays Florida (10-3) this Friday at 1 p.m. in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.


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