Earlier today, we laid out the names that fill out the roster at quarterback for the Wolverines. Now it's time to predict how they will stack up on the depth chart.
1a. Shane Morris, Junior (6-3, 209)
Coming out of Spring football, Morris was considered the leader in the clubhouse to start for the Wolverines this upcoming season. It was not a great offensive showing by any means, but Morris showed poise and a little more touch on his passes than we had seen before. There is a lot more upside here with Morris than Jake Rudock due to the fact that Morris still has a great arm and can sling it down the field. What will make or break him is his accuracy and decision making. For now, he has the nod slightly over the rest of the competition, but Rudock will be right there and it would not shock anyone either way.
1b. Jake Rudock, Senior (6-3, 208)
The wide majority of people out there believe in Rudock and have him as the starting quarterback, but he was brought in as insurance for a position that does not have a clear cut starter. Rudock is a known commodity. He is a guy that is not going to take many risks and go down the field all that often. Something that Michigan has not been good at the last few seasons is limiting turnovers. If Morris is not able to take care of the football, Rudock will be the guy, whether it is to start the year or sometime during the season.
3. Wilton Speight, Redshirt Freshman (6-6, 235)
Speight redshirted last season and is still a bit raw. Many were hoping to see how he would fare in the Spring Game, but he sat out due to injury as a precaution. He can probably be considered as a dark horse candidate for the starting job, but he will have quite a bit of work to do in camp to catch up to the above names.
4a. Alex Malzone, Freshman (6-2, 218)
These next two guys are definitely redshirt candidates, but in a scenario where Jim Harbaugh may keep four quarterbacks active just in case, the two incoming freshman will battle it out for that spot. Malzone was the other starting signal-caller in the Spring Game and definitely looked like he needed some work, but he was comfortable in the pocket and showed some promise out there as someone who enrolled early.
4b. Zach Gentry, Freshman (6-7, 230)
Gentry is the other true freshman vying for that fourth spot. He has a great arm and size, but may be best suited in a redshirt year where he can adjust to the speed of the college game and work on his mechanics. He might have the highest upside of any of the players currently on the roster, but it will take a big camp from him to earn extra reps.
Other QBs: Brian Cleary (Sr.), Joe Hewlett (So.), Matt Thompson (So.), Garrett Moores (Jr.). John O'Korn (Jr.; transfer, ineligible for the 2015 season)