Brady Hoke joined the Big Ten Network for today’s Big Ten coaches conference call. Michigan‘s fourth-year coach talked about the possibility of seeing quarterback Wilton Speight under center, how his team is dealing with compliance issues, and the likelihood of Jabrill Peppers taking a medical redshirt this season.
Peppers has not been available for most of this season for the Wolverines. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound cornerback missed the Notre Dame game with an ankle injury and has missed the last three games with a separate leg injury. The NCAA’s 30 percent rule would technically leave Peppers eligible to receive a medical redshirt if he doesn’t play again for the rest of the season.
When asked about the possibility of that happening, Hoke’s answer was short and concise.
“We would handle that when the time would come.”
The verdict is still out on whether or not redshirting the true freshman would be the right move, but it certainly sounds like something Hoke isn’t going to dismiss at this point.
Devin Gardner injured his left foot on a quarterback sneak on a fourth-down play against Penn State, and he looked to be in a significant amount of pain for the rest of the game and was in a walking boot afterwards. It was redshirt junior Russell Bellomy who took the snaps for two drives as Gardner remained on the sideline late in the third quarter.
“Number one, Russell did what we wanted him to,” Hoke told the media.
Given the way Bellomy seemed to struggle, however, Hoke was asked if he would look into fielding Wilton Speight in case Gardner isn’t good to go in two weeks against Michigan State.
“When you look at it,” Hoke said, “we’re hoping that Wilton doesn’t have to play this year.”
Hoke was also asked about how he and his team are dealing with compliance issues that are continuing to pop up around the college football world. Most notably, Georgia running back Todd Gurley and Florida State quarterback Jameis Winson are under investigation for accepting cash for their autographs.
“You always are educating your players,” Hoke began. “We address it. We talk about it.”
Michigan obviously isn’t a stranger to compliance issues, especially recently. The Wolverines have actually kept pretty quiet this fall off the field, however a Nick Baumgardner impostor tried to get the wheels spinning in the comments section of this article.
OK, to anyone asking — some idiot on MLive is posting comments under my name as a fake user. I didn't write anything about anyone leaving.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 14, 2014