By Christy Strawser
ANN ARBOR (CBS Detroit) The video speaks for itself — a quarterback slammed to the ground gets up, clearly rattled and ailing, barely able to stand. His knees give out, his head briefly lolling to the side, as a teammate supports him on the field.READ MORE: Michigan Reports 7,867 New COVID-19 Cases, 142 Deaths
But when someone signals for a replacement, Shane Morris just keeps playing.
Many were outraged, including the ESPN game announcers, who clearly couldn’t believe he continued to play after a brutal hit. “To have No. 7 in the game after a hit like that … That is terrible looking after a young player,” the ESPN announcer says, as video shows Morris grimacing and touching his helmet after the next play.
And many think Brady Hoke has to answer for it.READ MORE: 'I Can't Believe It's Been Three Years:' Community Prepares To Remember, Reflect On Tree Of Life Shooting
Asked what happened after the game, Hoke said this: “Shane wanted to be the quarterback. Believe me, if he didn’t want to be, he would’ve come to the sideline, or (he would have) stayed down.”
Michigan lost 30-14 against Minnesota.
So, did Morris have a concussion or head injury? The university says they handled the incident correctly.
After a furor erupted, Michigan released a statement that reads: “The safety of our student-athletes is always our top priority,” and saying Morris was pulled from the game “after further aggravating an injury to his leg. … He was evaluated by our experienced athletic trainers and team physicians, and we’re confident proper medical decisions were made.”MORE NEWS: Judge Clears Path For Recall Campaign Over COVID-19 Bonuses In Shiawassee County