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Video: Brady Hoke says Gardner would start ahead of Manziel

Brady Hoke, Devin Gardner AP

Regardless of what you think about Johnny Manziel off the fieldand some of his actions on it — there’s little argument that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner is not only one of the top players at the quarterback position in the game of college football, but one of the top players at this level period.

Ask Brady Hoke, though, and (publicly) he’d give the starting nod to one of his own current players.

During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show Friday morning.  the Michigan head coach was asked by the host to finish a sentence that began with “If Johnny Manziel’s your quarterback…”  Hoke’s response?

“If Johnny Manziel’s our quarterback, he’d probably be playing behind Devin Gardner. … I’ve got a lot of faith in him,” the UM coach said.

(Pardon me while I get over the shock of a coach publicly supporting his own players… hold on…  just about there… OK, good.)

For that segment, along with Hoke discussing this Saturday’s game with non-rival Notre Dame, click on the video embedded below.

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22 Responses to “Video: Brady Hoke says Gardner would start ahead of Manziel”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 6, 2013 1:00 PM

    As you obviously admitted JT… this is not a story…..

  2. 1509lucky says: Sep 6, 2013 1:19 PM

    What’s he supposed to do? NOT promote HIS guy? Move along,nothing to see here……

  3. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 6, 2013 1:29 PM

    And thats why michigan STILL SUCKS.

    Hey Norm, your wanted back at the Cheer’s bar you fatty.

    What a buffoon….

  4. nickdorner says: Sep 6, 2013 1:37 PM

    What is he supposed to say? Mangina will end up playing this year and be ineligible next year anyway.

  5. nickdorner says: Sep 6, 2013 1:38 PM

    Michiganstillsucks: I can only imagine what team you’re a fan of.

  6. MasMacho says: Sep 6, 2013 2:02 PM

    Michigan: B1G also-ran. Yawn. Back to the fridge for you, coach.

  7. polegojim says: Sep 6, 2013 2:30 PM

    NickDorner –

    MSS and MM are the same kid who posts under several other names too. Nothing ever of substance, just childish antagonizing.

    He also votes thumbs up on all his posts from the different log in names.

    Go BLUE!!!

  8. auburntigers34 says: Sep 6, 2013 2:34 PM

    geez. is this some kind of game that CFT’s playing? let’s see how many ways we can work Johhny Manziel’s name into an article?

    it’s really getting old. talk about his games, stats, etc. but enough is enough of this other garbage.

    let’s have 120 articles about which head coaches would start JM over their current QB.

  9. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 6, 2013 2:58 PM

    This fat governor Christie lookalike will be back coaching San Diego St in a few years when Urban Meyer runs him out of the league.

    Never trust a fatty who doesnt wear a headset during games…

  10. barbeaux says: Sep 6, 2013 3:25 PM

    I think there’s a lady that works at the gas station by my house that doesn’t like manziel. Shall I have her contact you so that you may write a story on that?

  11. beedubyatoo says: Sep 6, 2013 4:03 PM

    I’m am not a fan of Michigan, but if the best (worst?) you can do to bash UM is to disparage the coach about his weight, you got nothing.

    Same people who do the same to Mike McCarthy. All Hoke and McCarthy they do is win.

  12. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 6, 2013 4:11 PM

    I can also point out that THEE Ohio State University has OWNED that worthless school up north for the last decade.

    Hoke has done NOTHING besides clean out buffets in the Michigan area. Can’t compare him to Mike McCarthy.

  13. chalkruz1989 says: Sep 6, 2013 4:13 PM

    No-brainer comment from Brady Hoke. If he would have said that his quarterback would sit in place of an opponent then that would be news-worthy.

    Any one with a brain would agree that Johnny Manziel is 100 times the quarterback Devin Gardner is.

  14. mtheparrothead says: Sep 6, 2013 4:28 PM


    I’m guessing you can’t be any taller than 5’4″, 5’5″ tops. What a complex.

  15. hotlantalaw says: Sep 6, 2013 5:48 PM


  16. dumbpollack says: Sep 6, 2013 6:08 PM

    It must have been close to lunch and fatboy hadn’t had breakfast! I knew dude was delusional but this takes the cake (and he eats it too)!

  17. Deb says: Sep 6, 2013 6:37 PM

    Hint: JT is running these Manziel stories because they generate a lot of page clicks … like ours.

    @polegojim …

    Of course, Hoke said the only thing he could say, but another guy still might have screwed it up. I like him. Good luck with your season :)

  18. polegojim says: Sep 6, 2013 7:37 PM

    Yes Deb – agreed and thank you!

    Hope we’ll prove to be much better since last years season opener!

    Clicks = $

  19. garyleee says: Sep 6, 2013 11:49 PM

    Buck fans remember John Cooper you dumb ass idiots!!!!

  20. louhudson23 says: Sep 7, 2013 9:27 AM

    We are one lucky bobble recovery and a defending National Champions Sleepwalking episode away from never hearing this guys name again…..7 days till it ends….

  21. handsofsweed says: Sep 7, 2013 9:44 AM

    Well, Gardner WOULD start over Manziel….at wide receiver.

  22. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Sep 7, 2013 4:38 PM

    Just in case you needed any further proof that Hoke is a complete idiot here it is

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