Morris Makes Strides in First Start

Shane Morris

STORY: Freshman QB Shane Morris showed good composure for a first time starter.

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Shane Morris now has something to build on.

The freshman quarterback made his first career start Saturday night in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, and while Kansas State came away with the 31-14 victory over the Wolverines, Morris showed why there is excitement around his future.

"I thought he did a good job," Hoke said. "I think coming into this situation, I think he prepared well. I said that all week. The way he prepared, I thought he didn't look nervous, shaky, all those things. So I was real pleased with that."

Morris would finish 24-for-38 and throw for 196 yards with one interception. He would also rush for 40 yards on four carries.

At 6-foot-3, 201-pounds, Morris showed good poise throughout the game and the ability to withstand the pressure in the pocket, only get sacked one time.

"Shane starting for the first time in a bowl game, that's huge," fifth-year offensive tackle Taylor Lewan said. "You would have thought he was doing it five years now."

Morris would admit post –game that KSU's defense threw nothing at him defensively that he wasn't expecting.

"We prepared for everything," Morris said. "(They) gave us what we thought they were going to do."

But the biggest gain from Morris' performance, was the fact he was able to get some crucial playing time as Michigan gears towards the 2014 season.

"Being able to play, I mean, in any game, especially for the University of Michigan, which I am, it's huge for me to be able to get that experience moving on to next year for team 135," Morris said. "Who knows who is going to be the quarterback for us? Devin is coming back.

"We're just going to work hard for team 135 and make strides with that."

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