Michigan Football position preview: Quarterbacks

This is part seven of our Michigan football 2014 season preview series. This edition will take an in depth look at the quarterbacks, a group that will be centered around fifth-year senior Devin Gardner. Part six of the season preview series focused on defensive backs and part five focused on the running backs.

What we know

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Devin Gardner

In March 2014, it was speculated that the quarterback position was going to be an open competition for the 2014-2015 season. However, Brady Hoke has recently announced that Gardner will be the starting quarterback.

We know that last season Gardner struggled early on with turnovers, but as the season continued he seemed to find his groove. It might have been a little late, but it was enough to convince fans that he is worthy of being the starting quarterback for Michigan football. He broke the Michigan single game record for passing yard (503) and total offensive yards (584). Let’s see if he can beat that this season.

Sophomore Shane Morris is also another talent to look out for this season. He made his first start in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl as a true freshman last year. Although Michigan lost to Kansas State during that bowl game, Morris showed a lot of potential and was able to get a taste of what it’s like to be a starting quarterback, thus amping up the said quarterback competition.

Areas of concern

At media day on August 10th, coach Brady Hoke admitted that he would like Gardner to learn that he doesn’t have to do everything by himself. He is a very talented athlete, but so are his other teammates out there on the field with him. Hopefully this season Gardner works on communicating with them a little better in order to maximize teamwork during games.

Projected  starter

Devin Gardner #98 (GS, 6-4, 216)

Key Reserve

Shane Morris #7 (SO, 6-3, 204)

Final thoughts

I was able to attend the first Michigan football open practice under the lights on Saturday, August 16th. From what I saw, Gardner looked really good. He was very confident and had the presence of a team leader. Morris didn’t look as good as I was expecting. His practice seemed hot and cold and from what I saw I think he needs to work on communicating with the wide receivers a little better. Another quarterback to note is RS junior Russell Bellomy. I actually thought he looked better than Morris, and although it was only a practice, based on what I saw, if one of them had to enter the game I would choose Bellomy.

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