Harbaugh: Morris 'Ahead' of Other QB's

Jim Harbaugh says Shane Morris is his leading the quarterback race after the Blue's 7-0 win over the Maize today in U-M's annual spring game.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Shane Morris is Michigan's first-string quarterback -- for the time being anyways -- after he led the Blue to a 7-0 win over Maize in U-M's annual spring game today.

Morris completed 11 of 24 passes for 135 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Blue in Michigan's intra squad scrimmage. His performance today -- as well as the throughout the spring -- was enough for U-M coach Jim Harbaugh to name him the leader over freshman Alex Malzone moments after the game.

"If I looked over it overall this spring ball -- Shane would be ahead," Harbaugh said.

Malzone completed 15 of 27 passes for 95 yard and two interceptions.

"The competition will rage on starting tomorrow, into April, into May," Harbaugh said. "Certainly June, July and August."

While Morris' stat line wasn't eye popping, he was able to make more throws with touch and even took a few shots in the pocket that got Harbaugh's attention.

"I thought Shane played well," Harbaugh said of Morris. "He had real good courage in the pocket. I thought he stood in there and made throws."

Harbaugh even down played Morris' interception, which was a botched pass off a receivers hands that hit off the helmet.

"Shane had the one interception, but that was off of a throw that was on target.," Harbaugh said. "It should've been caught, then deflected into the secondary. So I was pleased with the way he played. I feel he'll come out of this feeling good about the way he played. He'll build some good confidence."

So has Morris done enough to be named the leader? "That's the general impression," said Harbaugh.


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