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Devin Gardner’s poor spring game leaves Michigan QB battle open

Devin Gardner, Shane Morris AP

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke said earlier this spring the quarterback competition was wide open. If Saturday was any indication, Hoke may keep selling that idea whether you want to believe it or not.

Not quite back to 100 percent, Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner did little to put the clamps down on the quarterback competition during the Wolverines’ spring game on Saturday. Gardner struggled in the passing game, completing just two of 10 pass attempts for 53 yards (44 of those yards came on one play). His top threat to the starting job under center, Shane Morris, was more consistent in completing five of 11 attempts for 73 yards.

Freshman wide receiver Freddy Canteen, an early enrollee, had a big day in his Michigan debut. Canteen led all players with 44 receiving yards, but that came on his only reception of the game. It just so happened to be the longest pass of the day, from Gardner.

Michigan’s running game got some work on Saturday as well. Four different running backs recorded at least six carries in the game. Justice Hayes had the longest run of the day on a 12-yard scamper late in the scrimmage.

Overall, the spring scrimmage did little to show Michigan has taken great strides from a season that ended up with seven wins. The Wolverines still have plenty of work to do before being able to challenge the likes of Ohio State and Michigan State in the Big Ten, but the spring scrimmage should not be viewed as the ultimate predictor for what will happen in the fall. The Wolverines are still putting some things together on both sides of the football and will return some key players before the start of the football season.

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12 Responses to “Devin Gardner’s poor spring game leaves Michigan QB battle open”
  1. bamasaban360 says: Apr 5, 2014 7:06 PM

    Michigan you guys still have a joke of a football team. I was hoping Brady Hoke would get your team back on top. Don’t give up on you’re coach yet. BUT ROLL TIDE.

  2. elwaysagenius says: Apr 5, 2014 7:11 PM

    Basketball school.

  3. gary2525 says: Apr 5, 2014 8:15 PM

    Put him back at receiver he couldn’t hit wide open receivers he is bad

  4. tigers182 says: Apr 5, 2014 8:54 PM

    Better be careful or Hoke will roll-over on the tide.

  5. cranespy says: Apr 6, 2014 12:45 AM

    Don’t look now but App State is coming go town.

  6. steeler1nation says: Apr 6, 2014 4:07 AM

    Armpunt 2.0

  7. polegojim says: Apr 6, 2014 10:19 AM

    I get that they didn’t have much choice in the early years, but not so today. Michigan has riden two horses in Robinson and Gardner, who proved not to be QB material. At least with Robinson, they could score consistently. Gardner doesn’t have any more QB skill, and actually less raw ability.

    The internal clock should be ticking…. it’s time to make a change and stop ignoring the obvious… Or risk losing the opportunity to do so.

    Go Blue!

  8. barkleyblows says: Apr 6, 2014 2:39 PM

    Michigan is just bad overall

    Go blow!!

  9. footballnut85 says: Apr 6, 2014 3:09 PM

    Hoke is clueless!

  10. phillyphanatic77 says: Apr 6, 2014 3:19 PM

    How is it possible that the once almighty Michigan could finish worse than OSU, Mich St, PSU, Nebraska, Wisconsin and even teams like Minnesota and Iowa? I really don’t see them winning more than 7. Devin Gardner is highly mediocre. Can’t remember the last Michigan QB who’s impressed me.

  11. harbourimages says: Apr 6, 2014 4:54 PM

    First time Gardner throws the ball this year and he’s intercepted? Is that right??? If so calling him highly mediocre is too generous, and if Hoke sticks with Gardner at QB this is going to be yet ANOTHER embarrassing season. The O-line apparently still sucks, and if he’s the QB, Gardner will spend his senior year spinning around, running backward, getting sacked or throwing INTs. Go with Shane and put Gardner back at Wide Receiver, which is his ONLY (slim) chance to even be considered for the NFL… it sure won’t be as a QB, so why not give the kid a chance to develop his potential at WR. He was pretty good there from what I recall….

  12. derekgorgonstar says: Apr 6, 2014 5:59 PM

    No run game.
    Offensive line that led the country in tfl allowed.
    Iffy defense.

    And…..he put up 32 touchdowns in 12 games, and nearly beat ohio with a broken foot.

    Just saying…..

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