Ann Arbor, MI, United States (4E Sports) – Michigan coach Brady Hoke said there will be a competition for the team’s starting quarterback position when the Wolverines begin spring practice Feb. 25.
Hoke said senior Devin Gardner, who started last season but suffered a foot injury in November, is not guaranteed to be the team’s starting quarterback entering the 2014 season.
He will receive a tough competition from rising sophomore Shane Morris, who played in place of Gardner in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Gardner passed for 21 touchdowns and 2,960 yards last season while Morris impressed coaches by throwing for 196 yards and rushing for 43 in the Wild Wings Bowl.
“I thought [Morris] did a really good job of being composed. He did a great job with his preparation and I thought he represented himself well in that game,” Hoke said. “I think he probably surprised some people with how athletic he is. … He surprised me even a little bit.
Hoke also said early enrollee Wilton Speight has shown a good learning curve in his short time in Ann Arbor and that Russell Bellomy, who missed this season with an ACL injury, is “back in the mix.”