Ready or not, Shane Morris is going to be the starter for the Michigan Wolverines.
Earlier today it was reported that Michigan’s usual starter, Devin Gardner, won’t play at all in the Buffalo Wild Wings bowl because of an injured foot. With Gardner out, that opens the door for Morris, who is a true freshman.
Morris is understandably excited about the opportunity to start in a bowl game, according to Chantel Jennings of ESPN.com:
“It has been my dream since I was little to start at quarterback for the University of Michigan,” Morris said Thursday. “It’s a huge bowl game. I’m excited. I grew up in Michigan. My family surrounded me in Michigan. I have baby pictures of me in Michigan jerseys.”
Morris is a “Michigan Man” through and through, and many fans believe he’s the future of the program. A 2013 signee, Morris actually verbally committed to Michigan in 2011. He’s from Warren, Michigan and went to school at De La Salle Collegiate High School, which is an all-boys Catholic high school.
During his time at De La Salle, Morris was one of the more notable players in the state of Michigan and he was one of the best quarterback recruits in the country. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, which equally factors in a player’s star ranking from all of the major recruiting outlets, Morris was a 4-star pro-style quarterback recruit.
A lefty with a good arm, above average athleticism and good accuracy, Morris could have benefited from a redshirt season and some time to learn behind a quarterback like Gardner. But, he’s played in two games this season and will be thrown into the fire this Saturday against Kansas State.