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Michigan quarterbacks Shane Morris, Brian Cleary split backup reps in fall camp

Your guess is as good as Al Borges' when it comes to figuring out who will win the No. 2 quarterback spot this fall.

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Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges has no clue who will back up starting quarterback Devin Gardner this fall.

Does he go with incoming freshman Shane Morris or former walk-on Brian Cleary?

With the season opener against Central Michigan just 24 days away, Borges does not have a lot of time to figure out who should earn the job, but U-M fans are hoping he makes the right choice.

"You’d love to have it all in place by the week you’re ready to play, and probably will be, will be my guess," Borges said Wednesday. "Right now, we’re throwing (Morris and Cleary) out there to see what they do. It will talk back to you eventually."

Morris and Cleary are splitting backup reps evenly, but Morris should have the lead in the race.

U-M coach Brady Hoke talked very highly of the blue chipper at Big Ten Media Day last month in Chicago. Hoke did not say it outright, but it seemed like he was learning toward Morris to win the backup job since bringing in a transfer quarterback was no longer an option.

Morris is unproven, and he did not see any reps in the spring game, as he just stepped on to campus this summer. However, Cleary did play in the game, and he only completed 2 of his 9 passing attempts for 24 yards against a banged up Michigan defense.

Should Gardner go down, U-M will not have the luxury of having a talented backup quarterback like it had last year when then starter Denard Robinson got injured against Nebraska on Oct. 27. One of these two guys has to step up in a major way in camp before the season starts.

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