Devin Gardner Says It's a 3-Man Race for the Starting Quarterback Job

By D.J. Byrnes on March 19, 2014 at 12:12p
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Michigan finished with the 52nd ranked passing offense last year. While it wasn't as horrendous as their 97th ranked rushing attack, Michigan will be looking for more consistency from their passing game this year.

While Shane Morris was expected to push for incumbent Devin Gardner's starting job, there's apparently a third player in the mix: Freshman early-enrollee Wilton Speight. From Freep.com:

“It’s a competition between me, Shane (Morris) and Wilton, and it’s going great,” Gardner said after practice today. “Everybody is fiercely competing … Wilton’s got game. He can play. He makes good decisions and he’s a good quarterback. He’s definitely a threat for Shane and I.”

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“We’re all learning the new offense,” he said. “Some concepts I might already know and can kind of relate it to other concepts I know, but that might be the only edge I have.”

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“I think there were a lot of times when I would fly under the radar during the whole recruiting process, but I know what I can do on the field and know that I can compete the three other guys in the QB room I’m competing with,” Speight said. “I’m trying to be better than Devin and Devin is trying to be better than me, and the same with Shane.”

Speight is a former three-star pro-style quarterback prospect from Virginia. He and Morris have been alternating reps with the first team as Gardner recovers from a foot injury suffered against Ohio State.


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