Shane Morris is a name that's not often thrown into conversations about who the starting quarterback might be.
Perhaps entering his career in Ann Arbor, Morris might've expected to be named the starter and already leading the team heading into the twilight of his collegiate career. That hasn't been the case. You could say his collegiate career has been a humbling experience for Morris.
Despite not being in the conversation, it doesn't mean Morris isn't working hard to become the starter. If his name isn't called, he knows it didn't happen because did not work hard.
"If I am the starting quarterback then great, I feel like I've earned it, I deserve it, I've worked for it and I can lead this team to victory," said Morris. "If not, it's not the end of the world, there's other things in life. College is such a short four or five year span of your life and football doesn't last forever. You really think 'yeah, if I am the quarterback, great.' it's what I want, it's my dream. But if I'm not, it's not the end of the world. I'm not going to dwell on that for the rest of my life."
Would this be his mindset during his freshman and sophomore seasons where many were expecting him to eventually be the quarterback?
"No probably not," he said. "I've grown up a lot and I've realized things are more important. Obviously, right now, football is the most important thing for me as the season being the starting quarterback and things like that is very important to me. It's not everything, football isn't my life, it's part of my life."
This new mindset Morris gained has also increased his ability on the playing field as well. He says that he has progressed during camp and doesn't lad a bad play impact the rest of the day.
"I've been playing so much better because of my mindset," said Morris. "If I, say, throw a pick, I'm not cringing and it doesn't ruin my day. I'm not throwing terrible passes the rest of the day. I kind of get over it and realize it's not that big of a deal."