Drevno Pleased W/ U-M Quarterback Competition

Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno says he's enjoyed the quarterback competition this spring, adds that none of the three emerged as the leader leading up to Saturday's spring game.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A grand total of zero, that’s how many career touchdowns are divided up amongst the three quarterbacks competing for Michigan and Jim Harbaugh this spring.

Junior Shane Morris is the only one to see the field for the Wolverines, completing 43-of-87 pass attempts for 389 yards and five interceptions.

Add in redshirt freshman Wilton Speight and early-enrolled true freshman Alex Malzone and Michigan offensive coordinator Tim Drevno has reason to be concerned about the position this spring.

According to Drevno though, the coaching staff is pleased with the progression leading up to Saturday’s spring game.

“I think they’ve all kind of taken their times as they’ve stood out,” Drevno said. “But we feel good about it; absolutely do.”

A depth chart hasn’t, and isn’t, expected to be released at any point prior to or after the spring game, but Malzone is the only quarterback for the Maize team coached by defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, both Morris and Speight splitting time under the tutelage of Drevno for Team Blue.

For Drevno, the strategy in the spring game draft was simple.

“Any quarterback and I believe any quarterback that we have here has got to be able to make a play when there’s no play to be made,” Drevno said.

“We have all of those quarterbacks in our system so that was easy just looking for a quarterback through the draft.”

Asked if any of the quarterbacks have emerged from the pack thus far, Drevno wasn’t ready to commit to a leader just yet.

“No there’s not,” Drevno said. “Everybody’s taking different times they’ve stepped forward and stuff.”

The question is: Was Michigan hoping for one quarterback to emerge by the end of spring ball?

“No because we don’t play a game until Thursday, Sept. 3,” Drevno said. “There’s a process to this and that’s what we’ve always done everywhere we’ve been, you just take your steps and you go, just keep working everyday to be the best.”

The competition is certainly set to increase with the reported arrival of former Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock this summer, as well as true freshman and New Mexico native Zach Gentry.

With Gentry, Drevno says it’s not out of the realm of possibility for a late arriving freshman -- at any position -- to earn the job.

“Anybody could,” Drevno said. “You do it all the time in terms of in pro football you do and absolutely. I experienced it last year.

“We started three true freshmen on the offensive line at USC so that’s why everyday you come out you’ve got to compete at a high level.”

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