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Shane Morris | Quarterback

Team: Central Michigan Chippewas
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/4/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 204

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Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris completed 19-of-37 passes for 247 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Friday's 31-24 win against Northern Illinois.
Morris left the game briefly due to an undisclosed injury, as backup Tony Poljan come on and attempted two passes. The senior was checked out and able to return and finish the regular season finale. Next up for the Chippewas is a bowl game, their fourth consecutive season heading to the postseason. Nov 24 - 4:26 PM

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Updating a previous item, Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris has returned to Friday's game against NIU after leaving briefly due to an undisclosed injury.

Morris was checked out in the locker room after coming up injured in the first quarter, but apparently whatever he's dealing with is not considered to be major. He's back in the game, now. Tony Poljan replaced the redshirt senior during his brief injury absence and would do likewise again if Morris suffers any additional concerns.
Nov 24 - 12:47 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris was forced out by injury in the first quarter of Friday's game against NIU.

Morris was taken to the locker room for evaluation and has subsequently returned to the sideline. Tony Poljan subsequently took over for the senior at quarterback following his leaving injured. We'll pass along updates as they become available.
Nov 24 - 12:36 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris completed 11-of-18 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns in Wednesday's 42-30 win over Eastern Michigan.

Morris coughed up a fumble which was returned for a touchdown on CMU's first offensive drive of the game, but he sharpened up from that point on. The Michigan transfer would go on to throw all three of his touchdown passes in the first half to help the Chips to a 28-17 halftime lead which they would not relinquish. Morris threw 12 touchdown passes through the first seven games of the campaign before upping the ante with nine of them -- against no interceptions -- in the last three contests. He'll lead Central Michigan into a road date with Kent State next Tuesday as he tries to keep up his recent success.
Nov 9 - 1:08 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris completed 12-of-30 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for two additional scores in Wednesday's 35-28 win over Western Michigan.

While Morris wasn't particularly efficient in his passing, he came through big in the second half, accounting for three of his four total touchdowns after halftime. The Michigan transfer has done a respectable enough job of leading the 5-4 Chippewas this season, throwing for 2,209 yards with an 18/11 TD/INT ratio. The interceptions are a wee bit high for our liking.
Nov 2 - 2:08 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris completed 16-of-21 passes for 199 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 56-9 drubbing of Ball State.

Morris failed to throw for a touchdown in the first quarter, but revved up the motor for the rest of the game with a pair of scoring passes in the second quarter and one in each of the final two stanzas. The senior also finally tamped down on his turnovers after being picked at least twice in four of his last five games. He now owns a 16/11 TD/INT ratio on the year. Nine of those 16 touchdown passes have come in just two contests, so it hasn't been the most consistent of campaigns for the former Wolverine.
Oct 21 - 6:29 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris completed 17-of-37 passes for 182 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's 30-10 loss to Toledo.

Morris was throwing in poor, rainy conditions in what ended as a pretty miserable performance for the senior gunslinger. Central Michigan did not find the end zone until the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder hooked up with Tyler Conklin on a 26-yard touchdown with under two minutes remaining in the contest. Morris has now thrown at least two interceptions in four of his last five games.
Oct 14 - 6:43 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris completed just 15-of-33 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 31-14 loss to Miami (OH) on Saturday.

Morris (6'3/225) was excellent in week two against the putrid Kansas defense, and has had virtually no success in the other three games. His touchdown pass was a 28-yard corner route to wideout Eric Cooper that was easily his best throw of the game. He also had a two-yard run for a touchdown, but that was the en of the success for Morris. He'll look to find the magic he found against the Jayhawks next week when the Chippewas take on Boston College.
Sep 23 - 7:20 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris went 28-for-37 for 467 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 45-27 win at Kansas.

Morris considers himself an NFL prospect, a laughable sentiment prior to this afternoon. But Kansas' defense turned the ex-Michigan quarterback into a left-handed Tom Brady on Saturday. How out of character was Morris' stat line? Consider that Morris had thrown for 660 yards and a 1/6 TD/INT rate in games over four different campaigns (including last week for CMU against Rhode Island) coming into today. Morris has an NFL frame and NFL-caliber arm strength, but he'll need to improve on the other facets of his game against better defenses to get a long look in a camp next summer.
Sep 9 - 8:20 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris will start against Kansas on Saturday.

The Chippewas rolled out both Morris and redshirt freshman Tony Poljan for Thursday's opener against Rhode Island, but it was Morris who ended up taking the vast majority of snaps in the triple-overtime win -- the Michigan transfer completed 25-of-49 passes for 226 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the contest. For his part, Poljan attempted just five passes. While Morris will man the ship on Saturday and presumably moving forward if he plays well, Poljan should not be counted out of the picture completely -- the program views him as their quarterback of the future and he could see run later in the season if Morris struggles.
Sep 5 - 3:50 PM

Central Michigan plans on playing both senior QB Shane Morris and redshirt freshman Tony Poljan in the season-opener against Rhode Island on Thursday.

Morris transferred over from Michigan as a graduate this winter. He's the grizzled vet in this equation, with Poljan serving as the young upstart. Chippewas HC John Bonamego has called the latter the "quarterback of the future." For now, both future and present look set to play vs. Rhode Island. Poljan has the upside to win the job outright as the season unfolds.
Aug 28 - 3:23 PM

Michigan graduate QB Shane Morris transferred to Central Michigan.

In terms of transfer destinations, this one is about as logical as they come. Not only will Morris not have to move out of state to link up with his new program, he enters a juicy situation in terms of potential playing time, as the Chips will be replacing the departed Cooper Rush this offseason. The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Morris failed to win the starting gig at any point during his time at Michigan and attempted a mere five passes this past season.
Jan 21 - 2:30 PM

Michigan graduate QB Shane Morris will transfer.

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren reported as much near the beginning of December, with Morris making his intentions public via a Twitter post on Monday. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2017. He will have one year of eligibility remaining once he joins his next (yet unknown) program. The 6-foot-3, 204-pounder attempted five passes this season. He had a shot at winning the starting quarterback gig with the Wolverines in HC Jim Harbaugh's first season at the helm of the ship in 2015, but that ultimately went to Jake Rudock. Both Wilton Speight and John O'Korn beat him out on the depth chart this past season.
Jan 2 - 4:03 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren reports that Michigan senior QB Shane Morris will seek a transfer.

Should VanHaaren's report come to pass, Morris will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 as a graduate transfer. Morris believed that he had an inside track to become Michigan's starting quarterback in the summer of 2015, but Iowa transfer Jake Rudock ultimately won that job. The current season hasn't been much kinder to the 6-foot-3, 204-pound Morris, who has attempted all of five passes this time around while ceding way to Wilton Speight and (to a much lesser degree) John O'Korn. It is not yet known which schools are in the transfer conversation here.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 06:46:00 PM

Michigan OC Tim Drevno indicated that the team is not close to deciding on a starting quarterback for the 2016 season.

No surprise that the Wolverines are taking their sweet time to evaluate their options, as graduate QB Jake Rudock took almost all of the starting snaps in 2015. He's out of the picture now, leaving the job open for one of junior QB Shane Morris, sophomore QB Wilton Speight and junior QB transfer from Houston John O'Korn. All three have split reps evenly in spring practice through three sessions. Said Drevno, "We'll see as it goes," before adding, "It’s really a feel deal as coaches, and as you watch film, you get more comfortable with guys and you progress in one way." For what it's worth, the 6-foot-3, 204-pound Morris was actually considered a front-runner to start over Rudock last summer until the latter made a strong push in August camp.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 08:02:00 PM