In the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 26-10 loss to Utah, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke pulled fifth-year senior starting quarterback Devin Gardner and replaced him with sophomore Shane Morris, who didn’t fare very well himself, throwing an interception and turning it over again later on the ground. After the game, when Hoke was addressing the media, he left the quarterback situation very much so up in the air.
“It’s way too early for me to assess that until (offensive coordinator) Doug (Nussmeier) and myself look at the tape,” Hoke said. “But one thing I can tell you. Sometimes it’s just good for a guy to come out and just watch and see what he can from the sidelines.
“Look, there’s not going to be any answers to that tonight. We’ll compete and challenge like we have every day. We’ll have a starting quarterback against Minnesota.”
So, yes, in case you were wondering, Michigan WILL in fact field a quarterback against Minnesota next week. But that’s all we’ll likely know for the majority of the coming week.
Gardner exited yesterday’s game with 126 yards and two interceptions on 14 of 26 passing. Morris’ numbers are a little skewed because of the air show he put on in Michigan’s final drives, but his night of 4 of 13 with an interception, as well as a lost fumble, didn’t convince anyone he’s on his way to beating out Gardner outright for the Wolverines’ quarterback job.