Thursday July 31st, 2014

Michigan coach Brady Hoke has been hesitant to declare a starting quarterback for the Wolverines' season opener, but he said Thursday that if the season started today, incumbent Devin Gardner would be the team's starter.

In an appearance on ESPN's Big Ten coaches "car wash," Hoke said that there will a competition during camp between Gardner and sophomore Shane Morris, but Gardner currently has the edge. 

Gardner, a rising senior, started every game during the regular season last year before breaking a bone in his foot in the season finale against Ohio State, causing him to miss the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Morris started that game, completing 24 of 38 passes for 196 yards with one interception. 

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Last season, Gardner completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 2,960 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also made an impact with his legs, running for 483 yards and 11 TDs. 

During spring practice, the two quarterbacks split first-team reps. 

- Alex Hampl

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