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Matured Morris has renewed perspective on QB battle

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michigan quarterback Shane Morris said he's been playing much better since he's changed his mindset.

Ann Arbor — Things were supposed to be different for local product Shane Morris, the hard-throwing, left-handed quarterback out of Warren De La Salle High.

Morris committed to Michigan in 2011 with the hopes of being the starting quarterback. He has made two starts during his career, but Morris, who has played for three offensive coordinators, has never been a full-time starter.

After redshirting last season, Morris, a senior who has two years of eligibility remaining, currently is competing for the starting job with John O’Korn and Wilton Speight, and has a new approach on everything.

“If I’m the starting quarterback, then great,” Morris said Friday. “I feel like I’ve earned it, I deserve it, I’ve worked for it, I can lead this team to victory. If not, it’s the end of the world. There’s other things in life.

“College is such short four- or five-year span of your life. Football doesn’t last forever. You really think, ‘Yeah, if I am the quarterback, great. That’s what I want, that’s my dream.’ If not, it’s not the end of the world. I’m not gonna dwell on that for the rest of my life.”

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Morris admitted that two years ago, he probably wouldn’t have this same attitude.

“I’ve grown up a lot,” he said. “I’ve realized things are more important. Obviously, football right now is the most important thing for me, being the starting quarterback. This team is very important to me. (Football’s) not everything. Football isn’t my life. It’s part of my life.”

Having alleviated the pressure on himself and maturing with a renewed perspective, Morris said he has played more freely.

“I’ve been playing so much better because I’ve changed my mindset,” he said. “Say I throw a pick. I’m not cringing. 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, ‘Oh, it’s not that big of a deal.’”