SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (Detroit Free Press) - It's official. Shane Morris will start for Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Saturday.
"Yes, he will start the football game," U-M coach Brady Hoke said of the freshman from Warren DeLaSalle, who has only played in three games. "He's had a really good preparation. We tried to see if Devin (Gardner) could go, and it just wasn't possible."
Morris is only a true freshman but was thrown into the situation when Gardner was injured in the Ohio State game.
"Coming up to last week the chance of me playing became a lot more prominent," Morris said. "I prepare for 12 weeks like I would be the starter. They always say you're one play away, well, it's true."
CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman reported today Gardner broke his foot in the Ohio State game and Hoke was close to confirming that.
"I think that's what they're worried about, the slight fractures, that kind of stuff," Hoke said. "I don't know. They've x-rayed it a couple different times. They MRIed it. It's probably just a little more than just the turf toe."
With Morris, it's a bit of a change with him being more of a pocket quarterback than Gardner and being a left-handed quarterback.
On the offensive line, it means Michael Schofield will protect the blind side, not Taylor Lewan, and the receivers had to adjust to a different spin on the ball from a lefty.
But there is major confidence from all his teammates and coaches, even though Morris is bound to be nervous.
"Of course he will," U-M receiver Jeremy Gallon said. "But it's our job as a team, as seniors, to calm him down, to let him know that we got his back. I know everything is going to be all right. It's a football game. He's been doing it since he was young. It's nothing new. Faster tempo."