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Shane Morris will be a sophomore. But he lacks freshman-level in-game experience.
At the moment, Devin Gardner appears to be the man Michigan's moving forward with in 2014. In 2012, he showed glimpses of greatness, leading the Wolverines to a 3-2 finish and competitive battle during a loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.
This year, Gardner threw for 451 yards vs. Ohio State, getting Michigan to within one play of victory before losing 42-41.
Hoke has no other choice but Gardner. And perhaps that's the issue. Having more than one quarterback, like most other programs in major college football, would only strengthen Hoke's chances of beating nemeses such as the Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans.
Entering his sophomore year, Shane Morris could prove to be the top option. No harm there. That'll only give Team 135 a leg up, right?
While Gardner rests his turf toe, Morris takes the majority of snaps in bowl practices.
Better late than never. Morris didn't get the opportunities he should have gotten early in the fall to showcase his 5-star arm because the Wolverines didn't put away opponents.
Mop-up duties require a big lead to work with. Morris simply wasn't put in that position. Had the Wolverines better prepared their young star and made light work of UConn and Akron, Morris' current experience level would much closer to a second-year signal-caller.
Instead, he's a fairly green frosh.
Regardless of Saturday's outcome, Hoke's likely wishing for Morris to grow up a little against the Wildcats. Showing anything that remotely represents progress would be a wish come true for Michigan's third-year coach.