No one is expecting a quarterback debate in 2013 at Michigan with Devin Gardner coming back as a senior and with Denard Robinson having graduated.
There might be more of a debate in 2014 NCAA football after Gardner has graduate and when homestate favorite Shane Morris will either be a redshirt freshman or a sophomore and will contend for the spot.
Morris comes from Warren DeLaSalle in the Detroit area and passed for 738 yards and six touchdowns in 2012 before he picked up mono and had to call it a season. But he drew a lot of eyes when he threw for 1,684 yards as a junior and 19 touchdowns and passed for 1,150 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore. He had been rated the No. 2 prospect in Michigan.
One ranking service had him as the No. 1 or 2 best pro-style quarterback in the country. He was the first commitment for Michigan from the recruiting Class of 2013.
“We liked his vision,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. “We liked his athleticism. We liked the personality and the leadership that he showed at an early age, because at that position you are going to touch the ball on every play and you have to have that leadership. We liked his football intelligence and how he was coached — who coached him and where he played. That is all a part of it as you evaluate the big picture and we thought he had all those quarterback intangibles that you look for. ”
Gardner might be more aggressive and effective with Denard Robinson no longer in the picture. But plenty more will be expected of him with Robinson’s productivity no longer available.
He probably doesn’t have to worry about Shane Morris, but Morris is likely to be the leading candidate in 2014.