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Michigan planning to be without Devin Gardner for Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

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Unless Devin Gardner’s turf toe clears up in the next few days, Michigan coach Brady Hoke is prepared to start freshman Shane Morris at quarterback in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Dec. 28.

Upon arriving in the Phoenix area on Monday, Hoke said Gardner will have to practice by Christmas to play in the bowl — and he won’t practice today. It’s a scenario that’s been on the table for quite some time, as Morris has been running Michigan’s first-team offense for the last few weeks.

Rivals rated Morris as a four-star recruit in the class of 2014, and ranked him the No. 2 player in the state of Michigan. He’ recorded stats in two games this season, completing four of six passes for 59 yards with an interception Aug. 31 vs. Central Michigan and going 1-3 for six yards against Michigan State Nov. 2.

Gardner still could return for the game, though the clock is ticking on his chances of playing.

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6 Responses to “Michigan planning to be without Devin Gardner for Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Dec 23, 2013 4:49 PM

    Tough break for that school up north. Hopefully, Morris lives up to his 4 star status.

  2. packhawk04 says: Dec 23, 2013 5:58 PM

    Im excited to see shane morris, he was a highly touted prospect. Im sure the coaches wont let him throw it more than 3 yards though.

  3. polegojim says: Dec 23, 2013 6:20 PM

    Get well soon Devin.

    And let’s admit the positive side to this…

    Gardner is a great kid with a big heart, but it’s good to start building for the future and testing out Morris.

    The Wings Bowl is actually better than regular season for this.

  4. dumbpollack says: Dec 23, 2013 8:20 PM

    Maybe Hoke should shelf Lewan too. Especially since he beat the snot out of an OSU fan outside The Little Brown Jug a few hours after we did them up there. I guess not ,since the cops blew it off and made a joke about it. It all gives new meaning to the term “Michigan Man”.

  5. harbourimages says: Dec 24, 2013 9:26 AM

    I’d rather be a “Michigan Man” than a “dumbpollack” any day. I think your moniker says it all….

  6. mnunnunm says: Dec 26, 2013 6:23 PM

    Morris is a complete question mark. Why he was a runner-up “Mr. Football” or whatever in Michigan a year ago is a mystery, as the story says Morris sat out much of his senior year at Warren High School with mononucleosis.

    A bowl game is not the venue to test out a freshman quarterback, even if he is a sensation. If Michigan had a quality running back to allow Morris to settle into a rhythm, maybe he wouldn’t get overwhelmed. But it’s going to be two running plays with a third and nine, and Morris is going to have to throw the ball, and Kansas State will be all over it and him. Count on at least three interceptions for this poor kid, if they don’t break some ribs in addition.

    This is most likely going to be an embarrassment for the University of Michigan, for which any blame should rest solidly on the shoulders of Brady Hoke.

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