Doug Nussmeier's spent exactly three days on the field with Michigan Devin Gardner and Shane Morris. So, when asked how he's evaluating his quarterbacks at this point, his answer was hardly surprising. It's ongoing. "We're going to evaluate everything, just like every other position on our offense," Nussmeier said. "We want to create competition, we want guys to go out and compete. "Obviously with Devin getting healthy, it's great he can get out here and get repetitions, it's a new system for everybody. It's going to be fun to watch every player progress." Gardner surprised head coach Brady Hoke -- and most everyone else at Michigan -- on Tuesday when he went full-go during the team's opening session of spring practice. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound senior said he welcomed competition from sophomore Shane Morris for the starting quarterback job, but was also bold in saying "I'm the quarterback" of this football team. Gardner says he's excited to take part in a competition, but says it's a competition he intends to win. As far as his assessment of Nussmeier is concerned, the first thing that struck Gardner was the overall pace his new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach works at. "I've gotten to know him pretty good, he's a very electric guy, he coaches really hard and he demands a lot," said Gardner, who said he spoke with former Washington quarterback Keith Price about Nussmeier this winter. "Archie Manning texted me the morning (Nussmeier was hired) and said 'he's a great guy.' Everybody spoke so highly of him. "Practices are really fast, we get a lot of reps. This was probably the fastest practice I've ever been a part of ... I feel like, right now, there's a lot of energy in practice. I'm happy with it. ... Coach Nuss definitely pushes tempo, makes sure we get to the ball fast, get the calls out, do everything you need to do and then get the ball hiked. He's pushing that a lot. And sometimes we just go hurry-up to get more reps." Nussmeier hasn't divulged too many details about what he's looking for out of a quarterback this spring, instead saying it's his job to make sure each player grows, and each player is put in a position to display his strengths if called upon in a game. As far as quarterback rotations go, Hoke said earlier in the week that Gardner and Morris were both getting reps with the first string, but Russell Bellomy and Wilton Speight were as well. On Thursday, Nussmeier also discussed rep splits. "Obviously Devin, coming off an injury, we want to bring him along at a pace that's comfortable but at the same time that helps him get strong each day," Nussmeier said. "Shane is healthy. So, obviously, Shane's sharing some of those reps with Devin. "Russell and Wilton are doing a nice job with their groups."
Doug Nussmeier mum on quarterback competiton, Devin Gardner says tempo is high
Michigan Live | Feb 28