Hoke says Devin Gardner would start today

STORY: U-M coach Brady Hoke addressed the QB situation, updates Graham Glasgow, gives his thoughts on Northwestern and how U-M will approach the spring game.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – All spring camp Michigan coach Brady Hoke has said it's been an ongoing "competition" at quarterback.

But with nine days till the Wolverines suit for their annual spring game on April 5, Hoke made it clear who would be the starter if the season started today.

"If we played today, Devin (Gardner) would be the starter," Hoke said. "The work ethic (the other quarterbacks are) putting in, guys have good plays, guys have a bad plays here and there. But I think the overall competition is really good."

Hoke said sophomore Shane Morris would probably be slated as the backup right now. He said Wilton Speight and Russell Bellomy are also in the mix in the quarterback competition.

However, Hoke said this Saturday will be a telling point on which player can handle the right situations as Michigan's quarterback during their inter-squad scrimmage.

"Will scrimmage pretty good on Saturday again," Hoke said. "and put them in those uncomfortable situations to see who can handle it."

Glasgow is Back

Last week redshirt junior center Graham Glasgow was suspended for not meeting team expectations. Hoke said Glasgow has returned to the team as is now practicing again. However, he is till suspended for the Michigan's opener versus Appalachian State on Aug. 31.

"He's back," Hoke said. "There is internal discipline he is going through, life lessons that he is learning."

Northwestern Response

Hoke addressed the ongoing Northwestern situation on whether players should be treated as employees or not.

Hoke replied: "I think college football continues its track of evolving. I think it's way complicated for anybody to really, for me at least, I'll say that. I think you're trying to educate yourself about what this means, what this doesn't mean. All those things, the political process that's part of it. I think for our kids we encourage them to educate themselves. And will educate them on what we know. And we talked about it once before spring started. We're trying to let them know what's out there. It wouldn't be fair to them.

"Personally, I was a student-athlete, and I got a degree because of it. As things track along will find out more about it. How it affects Michigan? I have no idea."

Spring Game Update

Despite having more depth than he's ever had at U-M, Hoke said Michigan's spring game will be treated more like a practice to get more reps.

"It won't be a game. It will be more like a practice. Because we need reps. We need as many reps and teachable moments, situational football. You know, some red-zone stuff, third-down stuff. So really it will be like what we do on Tuesday's and Thursday's for the most part."

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