Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris (7) warms up before the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans beat the Wolverines 29-6. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- Shane Morris

Posted at 12:00pm — 12/20/2013

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Shane Morris

This is a small sample of MaizeMan’s post on the message board.

Shane Strengths:

1) Arm strength, he can throw all the tough passes and he seems to have more confidence the deeper the throw.

2) This may sound goofy, but Shane seems to look much smoother with the most fundamental parts of being a QB, like simply handing the ball off to the RB. I just could not understand for most of the year why it seemed to take so long for Gardner to get the ball to the RB, now I think I understand that Gardner is just not comfortable under center where Shane gets the ball to the RB much quicker and the running game seems faster (not sure that makes sense).

I actually saw Shane throw to a secondary or a receiver who was not the primary target. This is big news, not sure except for scrambling situations I saw this all year.

4) Shane is more athletic that people think and while he wont set any rushing records, I think he will have the ability at times to pick up first downs if he has to with his legs.

5) He really understands even as a freshman how to throw in rhythm or another way of explaining he seems to have that internal clock, he gets rid of the ball.

Remember they do not hit the QB in practice so we will have to see if he does this in games.

Shane’s Weakness:

Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) drops back to pass during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

1) Just the overall speed of the game. Although as I stated above he can make the throws he now has to understand the difference between “making a throw” and “being able to successful complete the pass”. I call this the “Stafford issue”. Stafford throws the ball as well as anyone, but he just wont or is not capable of just completing at times the simplest of throws.

2) Going off #1 and stated above, he needs to understand when to drill the ball into space and when to throw the ball with touch. This is not uncommon for freshman QB’s and I think this is the area where we see the most improvement in off-season, but he reverts to throwing at times instead of passing.

3) Needs to learn (again a freshman issue) to be more patient in pocket.

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