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

By DJ Byrnes on March 19, 2014 at 12:12p

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

“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.”


“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.”


“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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tennbuckeye19's picture

Anyone know if this is a legit QB competition or is this a "no starter's job is safe" open competition that all coaches talk up in Spring ball? I mean does anyone expect Gardner not to be named the starter in the Fall?

JollyFatMan's picture

I mean, how could he not start, he is wearing Tom Harmon's number!

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Is DG still injured?

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Good question. I have no idea. I'll see what I can find about it.

Edit: Most of the stories out there are saying that Gardner is back from his injury and participating in Spring ball. Supposedly Hoke originally said he'd be limited in Spring practices, but Gardner upped his rehab to get to where he could participate and compete.

BTW: many believe this isn't a legit QB competition and that it's mainly just being called that to light a fire under Gardner for the upcoming season.

AngryWoody's picture

So it's a three man race for the September Heisman? Another exciting off season in AA I see.

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Hovenaut's picture

They'll likely need all three with what they're bringing back up front.

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Ericgobucks's picture

Technically aren't there only 3 quarterbacks? Gardner is stating the obvious. This is one of those annoying "non-story stories." (not bagging on the post itself, just the way some comments become stories for the newspapers in the offseason.)

Stoicpaisano's picture

They also have Russell Bellomy, who out-Bausermaned Joe Bauserman versus Nebraska in 2012 and then missed 2013 with an ACL tear. He's a non-entity so I expect him to be processed before his 2015 senior season.

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harleymanjax's picture

Gardner has been there for 10 years, you would think the starting job was his already!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Go1Bucks's picture

Zzzzzzzzzzzz, huh, what?   QB contest? Where?  Oh them. Zzzzzzzzzzz.

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One Bad Buckeye's picture

Edit: No offense DJ...the update is much appreciated of course.  :)

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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Interesting.  I seriously doubt that anybody other than Gardner starts at QB for that big rematch with App State to start the season.  It sounds more like the backups are getting first team reps because Gardner's foot is still bugging him. 

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