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Hoke to tap UM’s QB starter ‘early in fall camp’

Shane Morris, Devin Gardner AP

At the end of spring practice in mid-April, Brady Hoke acknowledged that Shane Morris had narrowed the gap on the incumbent, Devin Gardner, in Michigan’s quarterback competition.

Shortly after the start of summer camp in early August, we should all know just who will line up under center in UM’s season opener against Appalachian State.

During an interview on SiriusXM radio Thursday, the Wolverines head coach was asked about the state of the quarterback competition.  Not so unexpectedly, Hoke wouldn’t tip his hand, although he did make mention of a somewhat definitive timeline for tabbing either Gardner or Morris.

“Even though we have a starter coming back, I think that’s a great competition,” Hoke said by way of “At the end of the day, somewhere early in fall camp, I think that position will be secured by one guy.

“[Someone] who will go out there and lead this offense and lead this team. But, at the same time, having [depth] if a guy gets dinged up, or a guy isn’t having the day he wants to have or we want him to have. There’s an opportunity for the next guy to come in, and that’s what’s been great [about this].”

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.

While Gardner was at one time quoted as saying that “it was amazing how much better [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.

Interestingly — or not — Morris is one of the 14 players prominently featured on Michigan’s 2014 football poster that was released earlier in the week.  Read into it what you will:

Michigan Football Poster

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12 Responses to “Hoke to tap UM’s QB starter ‘early in fall camp’”
  1. brianincbus says: Jun 27, 2014 10:37 PM

    As if it matters. scUM will go 8-4 and lose to tOSU again. Until they fire Flounder, they’re stuck in mediocrity.

  2. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jun 27, 2014 10:49 PM

    Brianincbus……..Predictable post once again. You must live such a loathing life.
    Or maybe you are revealing your man crush on Brady Hoke. He seems to be all you place your attention at. Do all Michigan fans a favor by crawling back into your hole in SCUMBUS and work on some new material. Go Blue!

  3. phinfanatic84 says: Jun 27, 2014 10:49 PM

    90% of the country thinks of the University of Miami whensomeone says “UM”. I thought the title was a misprint until I clicked on the link.

  4. brianincbus says: Jun 28, 2014 7:17 AM

    finfanatic – no only Cryami fans think of that when they see UM.

  5. dumbpollack says: Jun 28, 2014 10:09 AM

    I just want to know how many hot dogs “Choke” will eat on the 4th?! Go Bucks!!

  6. harbourimages says: Jun 28, 2014 1:21 PM

    Once again the only contributions these silly OSU posters can revert to here are personal attacks on Hoke. There’s a reason Michigan is ranked WAYYYYYY ahead of OSU in academic standing. Such juvenile posts, from a university that thinks it’s “special” to stick a little “t” in front of their name. Hysterically silly, of course, and they don’t even realize the rest of the country is laughing at such an infantile absurdity.

  7. BrownsTown says: Jun 28, 2014 4:05 PM

    How many years has Devin Gardner been on scholarship? Will this be like the Griffeys where father and son play on the same team?

  8. phinfanatic84 says: Jun 28, 2014 11:32 PM

    Brianincbus… only people living in Big 10 country think of Michigan when someone says UM. Like I said before, 90% of the country thinks of Miami when they hear UM. I work with a guy here in NY who earned his degree at Michigan State and he mentioned an awesome tailgate party when they played “UM” and another coworker who is from Arizona, asked how long ago was that, since he didn’t remember MSU ever playing Miami. If PFT/CFT did a poll asking it’s viewers what college comes to mind when they hear “UM” I believe it would be overwhelmingly Miami, Fla.

  9. stoicpaisano says: Jun 29, 2014 12:35 AM

    Interestingly — or not — Morris is one of the 14 players prominently featured on Michigan’s 2014 football poster that was released earlier in the week. Read into it what you will:
    Well they have to fill up the poster somehow. That’s how you get JAGs (just another guy) like Justice Hayes (89 career rushing yards) or Chris Wormley (19 career tackles) listed. If they’re gonna bite, they’ll bite as pups.

  10. chinahand11 says: Jun 29, 2014 3:31 AM

    I thought the Flounder crack was funny.

  11. BrownsTown says: Jun 29, 2014 1:47 PM


    Miami fans don’t even fill their own stadium for home games and you think the rest of nation thinks of them first when they hear “UM?”

    And I thought South Carolina fans were being presumptuous….

  12. phinfanatic84 says: Jul 1, 2014 5:49 AM

    Miami doesn’t have its own stadium, they travel 30 miles to play at SunLife and UM isn’t located in a college town with nothing else to do on the weekends. National (think sea to shining sea, not Lake Michigan) Brand recognition isn’t associated with student filled stadiums. Speaking of students, UM has less students than Michigan has Administrative staff. UM has under 15k students while Michigan has over 18k Administrative staff members.

    Go outside Big 10 country and ask somebody what university comes to mind when they hear UM and college football.

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