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Local football coach speaks out about Shane Morris' hit

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Saginaw High School football coach Nathan Simington watched from the stands as Michigan quarterback Shane Morris took a hard hit during Saturday's game. He knew right away something was wrong.

"Especially the last play, he looked liked he was a little wobbly," Simington said.

He said he immediately started analyzing the situation from a coach's perspective.

"Looked like he wasn't thinking like a quarterback would be," he said.

Despite those signs, Morris was allowed to stay in the game, and now Michigan's head coach Brady Hoke is under fire for that decision.

Morris took the big hit with 11:24 remaining in Saturday's loss to Minnesota. He appeared to be wobbly as he headed to the sideline. Hoke said he did not see the hit initially because he was following the ball, which fell incomplete.

"You got to watch everything that's going on the football field. That's why there is so many coaches out there. Every coach is watching his position and making sure they are doing what they should be doing," Simington said.

He said the Michigan High School Athletic Association requires coaches to get training to spot concussions if they occur at the high school level.

Common symptoms of concussions include headache, balance problems, nausea, vomiting, confusion and blurry vision.

Danger signs include convulsions or seizures, slurred speech, one pupil larger than the other, difficulty waking up and losing consciousness.

Simington said at the end of the day, player safety at any level falls to one person.

"Ultimately responsible, anything that happens, the head coach is responsible," he said.

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