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Monday, October 27, 2008
Bowl hopes on life support, Michigan not quitting

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

A winning regular season is no longer possible for Michigan, and the Wolverines will officially be out of the postseason picture with one more loss. Head coach Rich Rodriguez has faced his share of challenges this fall, and his toughest one could be keeping players motivated the rest of the way.

Rodriguez insisted today that he has seen no signs of surrender in the locker room.

"No matter who you play for, you play a game, you wouldn't give up," he said. "If you're going to play for Michigan, you're going to play hard all the time."

The disgruntled masses want to see some changes with the Wolverines, but they won't come at quarterback. Steven Threet remains the starter and Nick Sheridan the primary backup.

True freshman Justin Feagin likely won't see the field this fall. When he does, it could be at wide receiver.

"Justin is not even close to being ready at quarterback," Rodriguez said. "In fact, his move to slot receiver is probably permanent. ... He's probably closer to being able to play at slot receiver than he ever was at quarterback. But for him to be ready at quarterback, he's not close."

Running back Sam McGuffie and safety Mike Williams missed practice Sunday with mild concussions. Rodriguez wants to see how the two respond Tuesday before evaluating their status for Saturday's matchup at Purdue.

Tackle Perry Dorrestein (knee) and linebacker Jonas Mouton (hamstring) should be fine for the game.