Morris, who started this season as Michigan’s backup, will make his second career start, and his first career start at home. He takes over the starting role from fifth-year senior Devin Gardner, who has a 12-8 career record as a starter, and has lost six of his last nine starts dating back to Michigan’s 29-6 loss at Michigan State on Nov. 3, 2013.
The quarterback change has been a discussion all week, since Michigan coach Brady Hoke decided to pull Gardner after throwing his second interception with over 14 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of last week’s 26-10 loss to Utah.
Michigan has not publicly confirmed who the starting quarterback will be against Minnesota.
When last asked publicly on the subject, Hoke said the quarterback decision would be a “game time” decision.
“We’ll wait until game time with it,” Hoke said at his weekly Wednesday press conference. “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.”
However, sources indicate the decision has already been made.
Michigan maybe looking for a fresh start as they enter Big Ten play. The offense struggled in their two power five non-conference losses to Notre Dame and Utah. In the loss to the Utes, Gardner completed 14-of-26 passes for 148-yards and two interceptions before being replaced by Morris with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. On the season, Gardner has thrown five touchdowns compared to six interceptions.
In backup duty this season, Morris has made three appearances, completing 7-of-20 passes for 79 yards with two interceptions. He has yet to throw for a passing touchdown in his U-M career.
Morris’ first career start was a 31-14 lost to Kansas State in the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Despite the loss, Morris completed 24-of-38 passing for 196-yards passing and one interception.
Michigan (2-2) will play host to Minnesota (3-1) at 3:30 p.m. today. U-M has won its last six meeting versus Minnesota and 22 of the last 23. This game features the Little Brown Jug, which has been given to the game winner since 1909.