It would be easy for Tanner Morgan to be satisfied with performance last season. The Minnesota quarterback was one of the most efficient in the B1G a year ago, helping lead the Golden Gophers to an 11-win season.
Morgan has higher aspirations, though. The rising junior already knows he can be even better in 2020 and has some areas he wants to improve for the upcoming season.
“I can get a lot better, I need to grow higher in a lot of areas in my personal game,” Morgan said on Monday, as the Gophers prepare for spring practice.
Heading into spring, Morgan will be the guy getting the first-team repetitions. He’s been involved in a quarterback battle each of the last two seasons with Zack Annexstad, but after such a prolific year in 2019, he’s earned the right to be No. 1 on the depth chart heading into the spring season.
Last season, Morgan threw for 3,253 yards and 30 touchdowns while completing 66 percent of his passes. He got the ball frequently to Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman, who finished the season as the top two receivers in the B1G.
Now, Morgan enters his junior season with high expectations and a dark horse for the Heisman Trophy. That, subsequently, creates even higher expectations for what Minnesota can do in P.J. Fleck’s fourth season at the helm.
“There’s a lot of aspects we can change our best at and have already attacked this off season,” Morgan said of the team.
Minnesota will host its annual spring game on Saturday, April 4.