Shane Morris to start BWW Bowl

Submitted by EastUGoBlue on December 26th, 2013 at 11:42 AM

As per Hoke's press conference this morning, Shane Morris will "start the football game" on Saturday night. God speed...


Benoit Balls

December 26th, 2013 at 12:00 PM ^

let's root for him to suck so you can be right.  Does it matter that people wanted him to sub in for Gardner? Only thing that matters now is hoping he does well enough to give us a chance in this game while gaining experiece that will be useful for his continued development next season, when he is Devin's backup.


December 26th, 2013 at 12:08 PM ^

"Yeah let's root for him to suck so you can be right"

Straw man much?

I'd love to be wrong. Nothing would please me more than Morris showing up, earning the job over Gardner and then leading Michigan to 3 National Titles his sophomore, junior and senior years. 

Back to what I'm trying to say here: If Morris was an upgrade over Gardner, they would have played him this year. Even though Borges was awful and the O-Line was not good, somehow the logical solution to everything was "put in Morris". Gardner was not the problem, and I believe the people that thought he was will learn that rather quickly against Kansas State Saturday. 

If I'm wrong, I'm wrong. It wouldn't be the first time on here and I'd rather win than "be right". Always. 


December 26th, 2013 at 12:53 PM ^

in light of Gardner's unreal performance against OSU is the fact that he was not good during the middle of the season. People were not clamoring for Shane while DG was balling out against OSU, Notre Dame, Minnesota, etc. They were calling for Shane when DG was crumbling mentally, physically, emotionally, etc. And it obviously wasn't even close to entirely Gardner's fault that he had his rough moments.

My point is this:  if you're going to judge Shane's performance against what you think Gardner would have done in his place (even assuming at least same level of health as he was against OSU), then you have to take into account that Gardner's level of play was about as variable as Borges' quality of playcalling.

Sextus Empiricus

December 26th, 2013 at 12:08 PM ^

the majority wanted him to red shirt.  Very few people put the blame soley on DG or the OL for that matter.  People who called for Shane to start are prospective amnesiacs.

If Shane plays well ... well that is a different question and a different context.  I hope it gets to that because I want to win regardless of who takes the snaps.

03 Blue 07

December 26th, 2013 at 3:18 PM ^

The "Morris Truthers" were and are ridiculous. And no, I won't be "rooting for Morris to fail so I can prove I was right" like some commenters have suggested; that's not what I (or, I believe, any of the other posters who think it's asinine that people were agitating for Morris over Gardner) ever said, nor will ever do. It's just the people that were calling for DG's head are, in my mind, just delusional, and likely have some irrational attachment to an unknown quantity-- Shane Morris-- due to a heightened love of following recruiting, perhaps; I can't diagnose the cause, only the symptoms. 


December 26th, 2013 at 11:47 AM ^

This is going to be ugly. There will be a few nice throws mixed in with mostly terrible decisions and an inability to run the ball. People will be left saying things like "well he showed some promise".


December 26th, 2013 at 11:52 AM ^

Gardner put up 400 and 4 TDs against Ohio State. The problem all season has been the pitiful playcalling of Borges and the poor O-Line play, not Gardner. 

If Morris has a monster day, great. Always nice to know you have a solid backup. But that's what he should remain until Gardner is gone. The backup.


December 26th, 2013 at 11:53 AM ^

Oh lord, if Morris has that stat line I will retract everything I've ever said negatively about Al Borges, Brady Hoke, football, physics, etc.  I will also need to catch the monkeys flying out of my ass, but I'll do it.


December 26th, 2013 at 6:51 PM ^

...on so many levels, is why I love to lurk on this blog. Oops...guess I'm not a lurker any longer. But it does my M Engineering heart good to see a mash-up of quantum theory and our beloved coaching staff's verbal tics...well done sir.