Michigan Wolverines’ quarterback Devin Gardner has been battling a turf toe injury and still has not returned to the practice field, leaving his status for Saturday’s Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats up in the air.
At the moment, Wolverines’ head coach Brady Hoke and his staff are preparing as if Gardner won’t play in the game. If he can’t go, freshman Shane Morris will get the start.
“We’re going into it that Shane will be the guy,” Hoke said, via ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.
Morris only appeared in two games. He went four-of-six for 59 yards and an interception in the season-opener, a 59-9 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas. He also appeared in the Wolverines’ 29-6 loss to the rival Michigan State Spartans. He completed one of three passes for six yards.
Morris was considered the third-best pro style quarterback prospect in the class of 2013 according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Gardner, who is in his fourth year at Michigan, will be granted another year of eligibility because of injuries he suffered earlier in his career. This season, Gardner has completed 208 of 345 passes for 2,960 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He’s rushed for another 11 touchdowns.