So it's Sunday and I'm sitting at Starbucks with nothing to do, and I really need some football.
I'm wondering what y'all think about Morris' playing time this year. Obviously, keeping his redshirt would be the best case scenario in that a.) Gardner would be healthy all season and b.) we would have him (Morris) for another season. But what are the chances that that will actually happen? What are the chances that Gardner will have to go out for a play, a series, maybe even the back half of a game? And if we get into that situation, how beneficial would it have been if Morris had played against some cupcakes to get game experience but lost his redshirt? Looks like there are 4 possibilities:
1. Morris does not play against any cupcakes. Gardner does not get injured. Redshirt is kept. Puppies rejoice.
2. Morris does not play against cupcakes. Gardner gets hit in the face by a trash tornado, Morris comes in with no game experience and the redshirt is gone. How well would Morris play?
3. Morris plays against cupcakes and clean-up. Garnder doesn't get hurt. Morris loses red-shirt but has game experience.
4. Morris plays against cupcakes and clean-up. Gardner [misses significant time due to injury]. Morris has some game experience and snaps under his belt.
So the question is whether or not it is worth Morris to play against cupcakes and to clean up in the event of a blow out.
IMHO, it would be valuable for Morris to play. Yes, he will only be here for four years tops, but if he pans out really well, there's also the chance that he will go pro and wouldn't use the redshirt anyway (or Gardner may go pro after this season).
I think it's more important to cover your bases for this season, and get the best possible set up to win the B1G Championship this year.
[ED:BM - Hyperbole or no, spinal injuries aren't the best hypothetical example to use]