Can Morris win the starting job?

Can Morris win the starting job?

STORY: Michigan Shane Morris is working towards winning the starting quarterback job this spring. Will he? ***Read Inside***

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The last time we saw Shane Morris, he was making his first career start in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl for the injured starter Devin Gardner.

And while the Wolverines fell to Kansas State 31-14, Morris performed adequately for the Maize and Blue, throwing for 196 yards on 24 of 38 passing with a late interception.

"Anytime you can get game experience -- it's huge," Morris said. "For me to able to play in a bowl game, that was even bigger. I had a lot o fun. Obviously, the outcome wasn't what we wanted. We got to make a lot of improvements. I got improve on a lot things. I could've played 10 times better than I did. We're just learning from that and moving forward to this year."

Moving forward is what the Wolverines are looking to do after a 7-6 result in 2013. No starting spots are guaranteed, even at quarterback, and with Gardner not fully 100-percent healthy since breaking his foot in late November against Ohio State, it's "open" competition to be the U-M signal caller, said Morris.

"Yeah, it's a open competition," Morris said. "Things are going really well. (I'm) making improvements every day. Just getting better, learning from coach (Doug Nussmeier). Competition is healthy, I think it's good for all of us."

However, Morris wouldn't say it's two-man quarterback race, instead, with a coy smile he said it's six man race to be No. 1 QB. Although, when asked if could take the job away from Gardner, Morris replied: "Yeah, that's what open competition is."

But the soon to be sophomore admitted it wouldn't be easy to take the job from Gardner.

"(it will take) a lot more, I mean, I got to study the play book. I got to grow up more. I just got to be prepared to be the quarterback of University of Michigan," Morris said. "It takes a lot."

And the more he learns the game and matures, Morris said he will be ready to be the quarterback when called upon.

"The difference is maturity," Morris said on his development. "I feel like I have been a year in the program. And I have definitely learned from that. I have matured greatly from that. I think that is great thing – maturity. I definitely understand the game of football more."

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