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Hoke: Shane Morris narrowed gap on Devin Gardner after ‘good spring’

Shane Morris, Devin Gardner AP

While Devin Gardner said “it was amazing how much better (the quarterback competition this spring) made me,” the incumbent at the position –despite his pre-spring proclamation — exited the 15 practice sessions without a firm grasp on the starting job.

How tenuous Gardner’s hold on the job was further demonstrated by head coach Brady Hoke, who stated Friday “he might” when asked if Gardner would be his starter when the 2014 regular season commenced.  Gardner and Shane Morris have been engaged in what appeared to be a  neck-and-neck battle to lead the Wolverines offense throughout the spring.

When asked about Morris, Hoke was damn-near effusive, relative to his tepid comments Morris’ competition, in his praise.

“I thought Shane had a good spring,” Hoke said according to “Was it flawless? No. But I think he learned more about the urgency that he has to have to be the quarterback at Michigan.

“I thought he had a good spring.”

Gardner started every game last season before a foot injury he suffered in the loss to Ohio State in the regular-season finale sidelined him for the Wolverines’ bowl game.  In his first career start, and as a true freshman no less, Morris completed 24-of-38 passes for 196 yards and interception as UM dropped a 31-14 decision to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

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4 Responses to “Hoke: Shane Morris narrowed gap on Devin Gardner after ‘good spring’”
  1. polegojim says: Apr 19, 2014 10:52 AM

    Time to move forward with Morris, period.

    I’d take 7-5 w Morris improving over 7-5 w Gardners same ole.

  2. derekgorgonstar says: Apr 19, 2014 12:58 PM

    No matter who the qb is, the defense has to get better. No more shootouts with Indiana, notre dame, ohio, and ped state.

  3. BrownsTown says: Apr 19, 2014 2:13 PM

    RichRod’s recruits may all be gone, but I think Carr’s last recruit will win this position battle in the end.

  4. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Apr 21, 2014 12:09 PM

    Hoke is feeling that hot seat now and i think he will pull Gardner at the first sign of trouble(faster then a cheeseburger speeding to his mouth). Knee jerk reactions are never good though so this will lead to disorder within the team. This is a result of Hokes lack of coaching ability rather then players skills. Two bad hires have set you guys way back now. To fix this problem you need to send Hoke packing, doughnuts and all.

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