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December 26, 2013
Updated: Morris set to start
Brady Hoke confirmed freshman quarterback Shane Morris will take the reins for the Wolverines on Saturday night against Kansas State. Michigan's coaching staff is taking all appropriate steps to get Morris set to go.
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Al Borges noted the playbook will be scaled back for the freshman, a strong-armed lefty who appeared in four games this season.
"As it becomes more apparent that he could be starting, we have to be very judicious about how we go about repping him in terms of what plays to run, the ones he knows the best and understands the best," Borges said. "So we're at that point now."
Borges noted that no matter who is playing quarterback, Michigan has an overriding goal with its offense. He doesn't want to see it get one-dimensional.
"The biggest thing - I don't care if a freshman's playing or a senior's playing, our goal is to be balanced," Borges said. "That's always been our goal, and we've lost that a little bit occasionally when we've turned the ball over more than we wanted. We went back and became more conservative, but lately we haven't been that way. So as long as we can keep the ball out of their hands, we're going to play the game the way we want to play the game, and that's with balance."
The Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl obviously isn't the biggest holiday stage for a team or a quarterback. But in terms of a Saturday night start in a bowl with much of the country watching (at least those who can stay awake for a 10:15 p.m. EST start), it's plenty big enough.