When Michigan added Iowa transfer quarterback Jake Rudock, many suspected the former Hawkeye would have a pretty good chance of walking in and taking the starting job. This is far from a given, of course, and Shane Morris is not about to just let him take it.
“I think I can win the starting job because I have the mentality to do so,” Morris said Saturday at Michigan’s quarterback camp, per MLive.com. “Right now it’s my job to lose and I’m just going to keep working hard and fight off any competitors that are trying to take it away from me.”
To reiterate his point, Morris later said with a smile “He came here to take my job and I’m just not going to let it happen.”
Earlier this year, before the Rudock transfer had been made official, Morris said Michigan could bring in 100 quarterbacks to compete for the job and he would take them all on.
Confidence from a quarterback is what you want to have, and judging by this quote alone it would appear Morris has plenty of it. Last season Morris played in five games behind starter Devin Gardner. In those five games, Morris completed 14 of 40 pass attempts for 128 yards and he was picked off three times.
Rudock played in 12 games for Iowa last fall, competing 61.7 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns with five interceptions thrown. Going off of numbers alone, it may just be Rudock looking to keep Morris from taking his job. But this is a brand nw era under Jim Harbaugh, and the slate should be clean for every player heading into the fall.