Michigan Football: Updates midway through spring practice

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Brady Hoke addressed the media on Thursday afternoon

Michigan Football head coach Brady Hoke announced on Tuesday that offensive lineman Graham Glasgow has been suspended for a portion of spring practice due to a violation of team expectations, effective immediately.

The suspension also includes Michigan’s season opener against Appalachian State on August 30, but Hoke did not make any further comments on the situation.

Glasgow, who started all 13 games last season, was poised to be the Wolverine’s starting center this season. Redshirt freshman Patrick Kugler and junior Jack Miller are two guys that will be getting increased snaps at center as spring ball continues.

Michigan Football spring practice position preview: Offensive line

Hoke noted that there is more depth to this team that there has been in recent years, including the offensive line.

“We’ve got more depth than we’ve had,” Hoke said on Thursday. “Especially on both fronts.”

Even before the suspension to Glasgow, the offensive line unit was something that needed to be improved on from last year. Now that Michigan will be without one of their best offensive lineman for the season opener, that depth will be put to test immediately.

Coach Hoke also spoke on the depth at the quarterback position.

“Well I don’t know if we have to create it (the idea of a six-man race),” Hoke said. “We’re putting guys with every group… Wilton (Speight) ran a lot with the ones the other day, Shane (Morris) has run with the ones, Devin (Gardner) obviously has run with the ones,  but they have also run with the second group and the third group.”

Even though the starting position is open and first-team reps are being split up, Gardner may have an edge on the other quarterbacks due to his experience.

“He’s done a nice job with the change in philosophy, to some degree, but (also) the change in the terminology,” Hoke said regarding Gardner’s progression. Although, the other quarterbacks’ progression hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“Well I think Shane is making progress just like the rest of them, I think they all have done a nice job with the learning part of it… And this is a coach talking, I mean, we expect more but I think they’re making progress… Everything’s just going along at a pace that we’re pretty excited about”

From the team standpoint, similar to the quarterbacks, progression in spring football has come in baby steps, which sits just fine with the head coach.

Hoke placed an emphasis on getting everything taught right, from a fundamental standpoint, before jumping into scrimmage situations. He understands that there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to his players understanding the terminology, on both sides of the ball.

As a whole, the team may not be as far along in the process than they have in previous years at this point, but the important thing is that they are getting things done right.

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  • Go Blue Tampa

    I must say I am alarmed but not surprised, that you say “As a whole the team may NOT be as far along….but are now doing things the right way.” This to me, should send a shiver up the spines of those who bleed maize and blue like me. So they’re not as far along, they lose their top 2 O-lineman from last year, they lose 2 of the projected starting O-line for 2014, but they’re doing things the right way. Not a rosy picture. The constant in this disaster, Hoke, Funk, etc.

    • Jordan Johnson

      I completely understand where you’re coming from, but at this point, how far along do you really expect the team to be at? Outside of the o-line issues that you have pointed out, they are coming off a 7-6 season, did you honestly expect a rosy picture at this point? Look, I get it, we (I, like yourself, bleed maize and blue) have high expectations for this program year-in and year-out, regardless of what “state” the team was in the previous season. But I don’t think that spring practice is time to panic, especially with all of the changes that are going on. I know that excuse has been overused in recent years, but it’s not like this is fall practice and fundamentals are still being taught.