Wednesday, September 19, 2012

2013 QB Commit Shane Morris Out For Season?

Some startling news to Michigan fans today as the Detroit Free Press reported that 2013 QB Commit Shane Morris could possibly be out for the remainder of his Senior season with mononucleosis.  In his game this past weekend against Brother Rice, Shane had to come out at the half because he was too gassed. 

According to the Free Press article, he had been medically cleared to play because the mono had not yet reached his spleen.  Well, ESPN's Tom VanHaaren reported that Shane texted him to let him know he's in the hospital tonight for some routine observations.  It's unclear as of right now as to whether or not Shane will be playing football anymore in high school. Mono varies from case by case but, I did a bit of research and it could be cleared up in 3-4 weeks or 2-3 months.  It can include fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and the rupture of spleen.  Not playing during his recovery could be very important.

This could possibly put a blow on Shane's improvement as a quarterback as nothing is more important to improving as a quarterback, or any player for that matter, than live game reps.  I think it's good that they decided to pull him because there's no sense of risking further injury, especially with something that could become serious.  I commend his coach and everyone around him for making the right call with this.  This summer was very active for Shane as he participated in the Nike Opening 2012 in Oregon as well as the Elite 11 Camp out in California.  I think that even if Shane isn't able to come back his senior year he can still work on his skills in the offseason.

His improvement during the offseason is going to be key for 2013 if he isn't able to return to the field.  Not only because it will be a chance to make up for his missed time, but also because he is not planning on enrolling early at Michigan.  There has been debate about whether Morris could win the starting job for next season and missing his senior season is not something that's going to help those chances.  He will still have a shot at it, since his competition has 0 career starts right now, but he could use all the time he can get, if he wants to contribute early at college.

Let's just all be thankful that it's not a serious injury and it's just something he has to get treated for and fight off being sick.  I think Shane will work hard when he is cleared to play and he could very well come into Michigan looking to compete for the starting job as a true freshmen.  If I hear anymore regarding the issue or Shane, I will post, but for now, let's just send him our thoughts and prayers. Best of luck at getting back on the field soon Shane!

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