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Coach talk or truth—does Michigan have a QB battle on its hand?
Travis Haney of ESPN isn't sold on Gardner vs. Morris.
It's more like Gardner vs. Gardner for him, as he wrote (subscription required) on Feb. 19, via Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com:
I’m not buying it. I’m not buying that this competition is nearly as open as coach Brady Hoke recently hinted that it would be.
Pay careful attention to when Hoke made mention that Gardner, a fifth-year senior, would have to fight for his job. He was lighting a fire under Gardner, one that could get even hotter if his injured foot limits him during the spring.
Morris wasn’t very good in the bowl loss to Kansas State, but no one in maize and blue was any good in that game. It was a low point in a season that often seemed to drag.
Since Hoke's taken over, it seems as if everyone has a chance to make the grade come fall. Just a few years ago, freshmen Thomas Rawls and Justice Hayes were supposedly challenging for the No. 1 running back job.
This past January, Rawls, a senior with junior athletic eligibility, was granted release from the program. Hayes remains buried on the depth chart.
A similar story has been true for several position battles.
Taking each one of Hoke's words at face value isn't exactly the most logical approach. He's a coach, and he's not going to publicly say, "Hey, we got nothing here" or admit that he has anything less than full confidence in his personnel.
Everyone competes at a high level, every day.
However, with Morris, it's a little different.
Haney may have not been impressed with Morris, but plenty of other people were. The Gardner vs. Morris discussion is real.
Nussmeier seems impressed, and right now, that's about as good as endorsements get at this stage of the game.
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