What felt like an increasingly inevitable development over the last month became official Thursday, as reports indicate that NC State quarterback MJ Morris is heading to the transfer portal. Morris opted out of the season after four starts, making the bizarre decision to relinquish the QB job in order to preserve a year of eligibility.
His choice to sideline himself was as baffling as it was unwise, and if his position in the locker room wasn’t untenable at that point, everything that happened afterward likely made it so. NC State not only went on a winning streak without him, it got better with Brennan Armstrong back as the starter, utilizing a re-made offense to roll through the back portion of the schedule.
How Morris was supposed to come back from that, I have no idea. Your quarterback has to be one of your team leaders, and it was going to be a challenge, to say the least, for him to re-establish trust going into next year. He created an unhealthy situation, and frankly he’s hardly worth the risk of friction given his modest on-field results.
Anyway, I hope Morris learns something from all this, and that he gets some better advice moving forward. I have no doubt that a power-conference team will give him a shot, and I hope he finds whatever it is he’s looking for. Clearly it wasn’t here.