Despite what some may say in public, the Michigan Wolverines have a bit of a quarterback controversy heading into 2014. After Devin Gardner fell off dramatically toward the end of last season and then freshman Shane Morris performed rather well in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl loss to Kansas State in his first start, there’s a lot of opinions being thrown around as to who the QB should be come late August.
You can add former offensive tackle Taylor Lewan to that list, and he seems to be siding with the youngster.
When asked recently about Gardner, it didn’t seem like Lewan gave him the full vote of confidence.
“It really depends on how the team rallies around him; it depends on how his leadership skills develop,”Lewan answered, as per MLive.com. “He does have a lot on his shoulders being quarterback at the University of Michigan. If he can get there and do the right things, I think the sky is the limit for him.”
These aren’t the most demeaning comments in the world, however you can sense the uncertainty.
However, when asked about Morris, Lewan seemed a bit more confident.
“I think he can be one hell of a quarterback, honestly,” Lewan said. “He’s got a good arm, he’s confident. Even though we lost the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the way he acted showed a lot of good things for the future.
“I’m excited for him and I’m really excited for the University of Michigan.”
The likelihood that Gardner starts the season as the quarterback is pretty high, however you have to imagine that his leash at this point is very, very short.