Green's injury and the Morris Backup Plan

Brady Hoke addresses the Derrick Green injury situation, the backup QB competition with Shane Morris and Taco Charlton's huge "potential" and more. ***With Video***

ANN ARBOR -- Junior quarterback Russell Bellomy tore his anterior cruciate ligament in spring camp, which set-up a healthy QB competition between redshirt freshman Brian Clearly and incoming freshman Shane Morris.

Morris, who was rated a five-star prospect out of Warren De LaSalle (Mich.) Collegiate, is already getting more snaps than expected due to Bellomy's injury.

"I think the biggest thing is with Russell out it's kind of prodded his progress a little bit," said Michigan coach Brady Hoke.

Hoke has yet to name a leader for the backup spot -- but did mention that Morris had some nice throws in Thursday's practice.

"I think he's doing well," Hoke said. "He had about three or four really nice throws today. "

One benefit to the backup quarterback competition is having redshirt junior QB Devin Gardner as the clear cut No. 1 passer on the depth chart – which opens up more time for the backup evaluation.

"I would say because you do know the guy you expect to start the season with, you know, in some ways you could give a few more snaps to that competition area of who's No. 2," Hoke said.

Green's Injury Update

Freshman running back Derrick Green suffered a "boo-boo" this week but should be fine moving forward said Hoke.

Green, who was the No. 1 RB prospect in the country coming out of Hermitage (Va.) High, suffered the injury in non-padded practice earlier this week. Hoke also confirmed junior linebacker Brennen Beyer has suffered a injury setback as well.

"Beyer's got a little boo-boo, and he'll be (fine)," Hoke said. "So does Derrick.

"But they'll be fine."

Hoke didn't specify Green's injury, who is expected to compete for the starting role this fall. Hoke acknowledged that this will make it harder for Green to get on the field from a preparation standpoint.

"It always makes it more difficult if you lose reps," Hoke said. "Just the experience and terminology and everything else. Even though that's a lot of meeting work. If you want to call them walk throughs or whatever -- that's always important for a young guy."

At 5-foot-11, 240-pounds, Green is 20-pounds heavier than when he committed to the Wolverines in January. Hoke said the added weight isn't an issue right now – sighting he hasn't had enough time to evaluate Green on the field.

"I don't know, we haven't seen him enough," Hoke said. "We're not allowed to see them during the summer, right? So we haven't seen him enough.

"I think he's OK -- 240's fine. We've got some guys who always lose weight in camp."

Defensive Line Rotation

Hoke said he expects the Wolverines to rotate nine or 10 players on the defensive front this season.

While he didn't mention any names in the possible rotation. When asked if liked how freshman defensive end Taco Charlton is playing so far in fall camp?

Hoke replied: "He's got great potential."

And was then followed with another question on if he thought Charlton, who comes in at 6-foot-6, 270-pounds, will play a significant role on the team this fall?

Hoke simply repeated his previous statement: "He's got great potential."


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