Report: Michigan QB Shane Morris pursuing graduate transfer

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Shane Morris, who had high hopes of becoming Michigan’s starting quarterback when he committed as a high school sophomore for the 2013 class, is pursuing a graduate transfer, ESPN.com reported Tuesday.

As a graduate transfer, Morris will be eligible to play immediately.

Morris, who graduated from Warren De La Salle, made two career starts and sat out last season at his request for a redshirt, finished his career completing 47 of 92 passes for 434 yards. He played in 15 games.

In the season-opener against Hawaii this fall, the left-hander was 4-of-4 for 45 yards, he carried the ball once for two yards against Wisconsin and at Rutgers he led three touchdown drives.

He played for three offensive coordinators and never was a full-time starter for the Wolverines.

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During the 2014 season, Morris became embroiled in controversy after his start in the Minnesota game. It was later revealed he suffered what then-Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon called a “probable, mild concussion” in the game but because of a “serious lack of communication” between the coaching staff and medical staff, Morris, then a sophomore, was allowed back into the game.

Morris has never commented on the incident that became a national story.

Before this season, Morris spoke of the quarterback competition with John O’Korn and Wilton Speight and revealed his renewed approach on all things football and life. He said it would not be “the end of the world” if he didn’t win the job. “There’s other things in life,” he said.

“College is such a short four- or five-year span of your life,” Morris said after preseason camp. “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.”

Morris said that two years ago he probably wouldn’t have had the same attitude.

“I’ve grown up a lot,” Morris 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.”

Quarterback Shane Morris is reportedly seeking a graduate transfer.

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