SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After weeks of speculation of whether Devin Gardner would play or not -- Michigan coach Brady Hoke confirmed that freshman Shane Morris will be the new starting quarterback when the Wolverines take on Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl this Saturday.
“Yes, he will start the football game,” Hoke said. “He's had a really good preparation. We tried to see if Devin could go, and it just wasn't possible.
“I think he's had some great preparation. Obviously we were trying to figure out if Devin was going to be able to go. Snap wise Shane has taken a lot of the snaps between him and Russell Bellomy. He's done a tremendous job. I know his teammates have supported him. So we're excited about that.”
Morris will make his first career start versus the Wildcats and will be replacing Gardner, who is out with a foot injury. While Gardner has made some improvements with his injury, he needs more time to heal, said Hoke.
“I think he's improving,” Hoke said “That's just the way it has to heal up. He should be ready when we get to spring. But I'm not a doctor. We'll find out.
When asked if Gardner will play at all? Hoke replied: “He won’t play … nope.”