Harbaugh: Preparing Two QB Starters

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh discusses U-M's plan to prepare two starting QB's at Utah on Thursday.

Whether it’s this, that or “or,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has his reasons why he’s not releasing a definitive quarterback starter for U-M’s opener at Utah on Thursday.

Harbaugh, of course, will choose between junior Shane Morris or grad transfer Jake Rudock, who are both listed as possible starters on Monday when Michigan released its first official depth chart for the 2015 season.

“I feel like I want both of them to prepare like they’re going to be the starter,” Harbaugh said of Morris and Rudock in his weekly conference call. “I want both of them going into this game with a mindset that they’re one play away or that they’re starting. That’s the mindset that I always want our quarterback and our backup quarterback to go into the game with. That’s the biggest reason.”

Adding: “We know who’s going to start. We know who’s going to go in and who’s going to go in second, or who’s going to go in next. I want both to prepare like they’re going to be the starter and I don’t know how to make it any more clear than that.”

However, Harbaugh didn’t argue whether not naming starter could be an advantage when U-M plays Utah.

“That may be true,” he said. “If that’s another positive or byproduct of it, then we’ll take that as well.”

Michigan at Utah kickoff is scheduled at 8:30 ET.

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