Michigan QB Threet likely to start against Irish


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez apparently will stick with Steven Threet as his starting quarterback for Saturday's road game against Notre Dame. Threet, a redshirt freshman who transferred from Georgia Tech, made his first career start Saturday against Miami (Ohio) and had mixed results. Rodriguez said Monday at his news conference that the quarterback rotation likely won't change.

He fired a 50-yard pass to Martavious Odoms on Michigan's first play and finished the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run. But Threet completed just 6 of 13 passes on the day and his final five completions totaled only 13 yards. Sophomore Nick Sheridan led the game-clinching scoring drive in the fourth quarter, completing a 27-yard pass to Sam McGuffie that set up Brandon Minor's touchdown run.

Threet still looks like the more complete quarterback of the two, and Notre Dame's defense certainly seemed susceptible to some of the shorter, safer passes Michigan undoubtedly will try. Michigan's defense will keep the game close, and it's up to the quarterback to avoid major mistakes. Sheridan likely will see some action at Notre Dame Stadium, but a strong performance by Threet could cement the top job.

A few interesting early nuggets from the Detroit Free Press.

  • Quarterback Justin Feagin, who will redshirt the season, has been working at slot receiver. This could be clearing the way for heralded 2009 quarterback recruits Tate Forcier and Shavodrick Beaver.

  • Starting left tackle Mark Ortmann will miss the Notre Dame game with a dislocated elbow.