The on-field competition at quarterback in Michigan’s spring game Saturday was dwindled down to junior Shane Morris and freshman Alex Malzone. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh after the game named Morris his team’s frontrunner.
“If I looked at it over all of spring ball, Shane would be ahead,” Harbaugh said. “The competition will rage on, though, starting tomorrow. Through April, into May, June, July and August.”
That certainly doesn’t mean Morris is the projected starter for Michigan come fall. Fifth-year graduate transfer Jake Rudock will join the Wolverines this summer, along with incoming freshman Zach Gentry.
Malzone is presumably the No. 2 quarterback as it stands now. Redshirt freshman Wilton Speight didn’t receive a snap during the spring game.
Even though Morris is atop the charts at the moment, he knows he’s never too far from slipping down the ranks.
“I don’t even know, we have eight quarterbacks in spring right now. If I mess up one rep, or open up the wrong way in a step, I know I can get passed up. … You can bring in 100 quarterbacks, it’s not going to matter to me.”
Morris finished the game 11 of 24 for 135 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Malzone finished 15 of 27 for 95 yards and had two interceptions.
Michigan would certainly like its starting quarterback to complete better than 45 percent of his passes come fall, but the competition will continue to rage through the coming months. Whoever emerges—whether it be Morris, Malzone, Rudock or any one of the other eight quarterbacks on the roster—they’ll certainly have to come out of a brawl.
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.