Hoke Talks Backup QB Situation, Peppers

Brady Hoke addressed the backup quarterback situation, and the possibility of Jabrill Peppers redshirting.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It’s clear, Michigan has backup quarterback issues.

With Devin Gardner leaving the game with an apparent leg injury in U-M’s 18-13 win over Penn State on Saturday, backup Russell Bellomy entered the game for two series. And he struggled mightily, finishing 0-for-2 passing, with a near interception, before Gardner would eventually come back and finish the U-M victory.

Shane Morris had been the Michigan’s backup for most of the season -- including one start versus Minnesota, before leaving the game with a mild concussion-- but wasn’t made available on Saturday, and didn’t suit up the week prior at Rutgers.

With Bellomy struggling and Morris still out, would Michigan coach Brady Hoke consider breaking freshman Wilton Speight’s redshirt status this season?

“Well, number one, Russell did what we asked him to do,” Hoke said. “Get in there manage the game. Didn’t make any mistakes, almost had the one [interception]. But he had gotten a lot of snaps. Actually Shane [Morris] is progressing every day. So when you’re looking at it, we’re hoping Wilton doesn’t have to play this year. But if he did, we’d be confident in his abilities.”

So the plan is to not play Speight?

“That’s what the plan would be, yes,” Hoke said.

Peppers Medical Redshirt?

The most talked about player on Michigan’s team this season has been freshman Jabrill Peppers.

Unfortunately, not for the right reasons.

Why? Well the embattled freshman has been out with an injury since the Michigan’s 26-10 loss versus Utah. And now Michigan might have to consider a possible medical redshirt for Peppers, who has only played in three games this season, with eight tackles.

With Peppers missing the past three games, and with no timetable known publicly to his possible return, are the Wolverines considering a possible medical redshirt for their hobbled star?

“Yup,” Hoke said. “And we would handle that when the time would come.”

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