Michigan senior quarterback Devin Gardner nearly became the second player in school history to eclipse the 3,000-yard mark in a single season. Gardner had games of 500-plus passing yards and 400-plus passing yards in 2013. But Michigan finished 7-6. And, per Michigan coach Brady Hoke, once Gardner is healthy enough to practice in full, he'll be engaged in an open competition for the starting quarterback job heading into 2014. "I think (the starting quarterback for next season is) an unknown," Hoke said Monday. "We were 7-6 (last season). And we've got a lot of young guys (on the team). We've got a lot of competition. "Does Devin have the most experience? Yes, there's no question." Gardner will be "limited" when Michigan opens spring practice later this month as he continues to recover from a foot injury that caused him to miss the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. In his final appearance of the season, Gardner went 32 of 45 for 451 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 42-41 loss to Ohio State. Gardner also reportedly suffered a broken bone in his foot during the third quarter of that game, leading Michigan's near comeback with an injury that kept him in a walking boot for nearly two months. Gardner had moments of brilliance in 2013, but he also had plenty of struggles. He threw 11 interceptions, had nightmarish showings in losses to Michigan State and Iowa, struggled in wins over UConn and Northwestern (at least in regulation), and had three first-half turnovers in a loss at Penn State. And, as Hoke put it, the team finished 7-6. "I think this, we were 7-6 as a football team," Hoke said. "I think that we have a lot of young guys still on this team who are making progress. Russell Bellomy, who is back in the mix, Wilton Speight came in here in January and his learning curve will be pretty good. "Devin will practice (in spring) and will be limited a little bit until that (foot) is 100 percent. He's making progress."
Michigan will have open QB battle between Devin Gardner, Shane Morris and others
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