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Michigan QBs splitting reps in quick-pace practices

Devin Gardner AP

The Michigan quarterback competition is off to a fast start, somewhat literally.

Whether you believe there is a legitimate quarterback competition or not in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines are giving quarterbacks Devin Gardner and Shane Morris a healthy split of reps in practices already. Gardner is still working his way back to 100 percent after suffering an injury at the end of the 2013 season, but will likely end up being the starting quarterback when all is said and done. Morris opened some eyes with his play and preparation for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Gardner’s absence last year, and he is the top contender for the starting job.

New offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is challenging each as the Wolverines have picked up the pace in practices.

“We’re going to evaluate everything, just like every other position on our offense,” Nussmeier said in a report by MLive.com. “We want to create competition, we want guys to go out and compete.”

“Obviously with Devin getting healthy, it’s great he can get out here and get repetitions, it’s a new system for everybody,” Nussmeier, the former Alabama offensive coordinator , said. “It’s going to be fun to watch every player progress.”

The change in tempo has been noticeable for Gardner, who says he has never practiced at this tempo before.

“This was probably the fastest practice I’ve ever been a part of,” Gardner said. “I feel like, right now, there’s a lot of energy in practice. I’m happy with it. … Coach Nuss definitely pushes tempo, makes sure we get to the ball fast, get the calls out, do everything you need to do and then get the ball hiked.”

Does this mean we may see Michigan playing more of a quick tempo offense in 2014? With so much attention being given to the defensive substitution rule proposal — one that is expected to not have enough support — it is intriguing to see word coming out of Michigan spring practices about a quick tempo being pushed by the new offensive coordinator, ironically enough from Alabama. Nussmeier may not be a coach that specializes in the fast offensive style, but he certainly had a chance to see first-hand how it can drain a team and give you an advantage in the SEC.

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5 Responses to “Michigan QBs splitting reps in quick-pace practices”
  1. indi0228 says: Mar 1, 2014 4:34 AM

    So there competing for the right to be sacked 8 times a game behind that sieve of an OL

  2. hockeyboy0808 says: Mar 1, 2014 7:27 AM

    I wouldn’t expect michingan to run a super fast up tempo offence like A&M or anything like that but after seeing all the delay of game penalty in 13 season there is NO question Michigan has get the plays in and hike the ball A LOT faster!!! Glad to see that proble addressed

  3. polegojim says: Mar 2, 2014 9:59 AM

    Should be QB comp… but Gardner will start.

    I appreciate Gardners attitude and shifting to WR for a while, but we witnessed last year why Shoelace was considered their best.

    Gardner tended to panic and make poor decisions under pressure, and Morris looked good under pressure.

    Thats why Nuss has upped practice tempo… It simulates those pressure situations to perform.

  4. pbowers06 says: Mar 2, 2014 8:25 PM

    @indio228

    So I’m going to troll you since you are doing just that right now, all without mentioning who you cheer for……which means you are a total douche.

    Btw, it is spelled “their” and our OL will do just fine, dickbreath.

    -Love,

    Mr. Bowers

  5. heyheyhey10 says: Mar 2, 2014 10:44 PM

    Mr. Bowers, AKA Nancy
    You are rather arrogant as well as incorrect. Two things typical of a Michigan fan. Correct use is they are not your their. Your OL will be able to disguise how bad they really are this year with the new scheme of the OC. His system relies on quick reads as well as getting the ball out as fast as possible. Two things Gardner struggles with. Morris will do a better job but he is still young.

    Good day.

    And the name calling is typical of peesu fans, doesn’t suit you classy educated fella’s up north all to well.

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