Jim Harbaugh has incredibly high praise for DL Mike Morris: 'He could be the next Aidan Hutchinson'
Players like Aidan Hutchinson don’t come along every single season. The combination of skill, athleticism, production and leadership isn’t something a whole lot of players possess.
But Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh believes the next Hutchinson-like talent is already wearing a maize-and-blue uniform. The name is Mike Morris.
It may not be a name many people know just yet. Morris played in a reserve role for the Wolverines last season, tallying 17 tackles, an interception and a sack during a 12-2 campaign. But he wasn’t on the field much because of the talent in front of him.
Still, Harbaugh believes Morris has a very high ceiling and could make a huge impact in Ann Arbor this coming fall.
“Just the state of Michigan football is scary good right now,” Harbaugh told reporters Tuesday. “Mike Morris could be the next Aidan Hutchinson (or David) Ojabo. There’s some really exciting things going on in the defensive line.”
Hutchinson had one of those rare, special seasons for a defensive player in 2021. He was credited with 14 sacks, 12 quarterback hurries, 2 forced fumbles and a total of 62 stops. For his efforts, the defensive end was named a Heisman Trophy finalist.
That’s a hard billing for Morris to live up to. But if he can produce at half the level Hutchinson was able to in 2021, he’s going to be in for a great season for the Wolverines.