The Michigan Wolverines and head coach Jim Harbaugh are looking to find their starting quarterback for the 2015 season, with Devin Gardner in the NFL. Junior Shane Morris believes he is the frontrunner.
“I think I can win the starting job because I have the mentality to do so,” Morris told ESPN. “Right now, it’s my job to lose. Working hard, fighting off any competitors that are trying to take it away from me.”
Morris had 87 pass attempts in his first two years at Michigan for a total of 389 yards, no touchdowns and five interceptions.
Jake Rudock, a transfer from Iowa State, poses the biggest threat to Morris in the quarterback competition. Rudock was a two-year starter with the Hawkeyes, throwing for 4,819 yards, 34 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He became eligible as a fifth-year transfer upon his graduation from Iowa State.
“I’ve talked to (Rudock) here and there, we’ve thrown against each other,” Morris said. “It’s a competitive atmosphere every time that I’m around him, whether it’s running sprints, throwing.
“He came here to take my job, and I’m just not going to let it happen.”
Freshman Alex Malzone and sophomore Wilton Speight will also be a part of the competition.