The starting quarterback spot will be up for grabs when Michigan's spring practice begins Feb. 25, coach Brady Hoke told multiple media outlets Monday. The competition seems to mainly be between rising senior Devin Gardner and rising sophomore Shane Morris. Gardner, who passed for 21 touchdowns and 2,960 yards last season, will be "limited" when spring practice begins because of a foot injury suffered during the Michigan-Ohio State game in November. The injury caused him to miss the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, but it doesn't explain the struggles earlier in the season for the interception-prone QB. When Gardner does return in a full capacity, his main competition will be Morris, who started the bowl game and impressed coaches by throwing for 196 yards and rushing for 43. He is not nearly the dual-threat quarterback Gardner is, but he was steady and effective in his first start.
QB battle brewing at Michigan
ESPN | Feb 4