Michigan coach Brady Hoke says his starting quarterback is currently a “game time” decision, and did not hint on whether he would be starting fifth-year senior Devin Gardner or sophomore Shane Morris when the Wolverines suit up against Minnesota this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
“We’ll wait until game time with it,” Hoke said. “We got an idea of what we want to do for what’s best for us and the program, and what we are trying to get done. And that would be same at any other position.”
Hoke didn’t indicate whether Gardner or Morris were getting the first-team reps practice, either. But he did say they were both practicing according to plan.
“I think we practiced the way we need to practice,” Hoke said. “So we’re in a place where what we want to do, we can do.”
However, Hoke says he is completing “confident” in whoever quarterbacks U-M this week.
“We won’t play both unless we feel we need to,” Hoke said.
Through Michigan’s first four games neither quarterbacks has been stellar.
Gardner, who started all four games with a 2-2 record, has thrown for 694-yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions. Morris, who has appeared in the three games as a backup, has thrown for 79-yards, on 7-of-20 passing, with two interception. Morris has yet to throw for a TD in his Michigan career.
If Morris starts this Saturday, it will be second career start. His first start was against Kansas State in the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
“You know, we’re fortunate here, we got two very good quarterbacks,” Hoke said. We got two guys we’re very excited about. So will just see on Saturday.”