Drevno Noncommittal to Starting QB Decision

With a little over a week to go until the season starts, the Michigan coaching staff are not ready to announce a starting quarterback.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – With a little over a week to go until Michigan’s first game against Utah, it’s still unknown whether abstracting information from the coaching staff is more difficult than breaking into Fort Knox.

In regards to the quarterback position, that information remains top secret.

U-M offensive coordinator Tim Drevno spoke to the media on Monday for the first time all preseason. While not much could be derived from the conversation, Drevno remained highly noncommittal towards naming a starter.

“We’re rotating a lot of guys through,” he said. “We’ll make that decision when the time is ready to be made. Those guys are competing.”

For a lack of better words, it appears that the coaching staff wants to keep an element of surprise leading into the first game of the season.

Many expect graduate transfer Jake Rudock, who has the experience and familiarity with the conference, to win the starting job. Spending time throughout camp, Rudock was praised by his offensive coordinator for learning a new system quickly.

“He’s done a good job learning our system,” Drevno said. “Being able to call the plays and command the huddle, step up, get the snap and do his job.”

Could U-M also utilize a two quarterback system like the crew at BTN hinted at during their summer caravan visit? It's possible.

If it’s part of the gameplan, Drevno says, you can make it work.

“There’s times you can do that,” he said. “You can play two quarterbacks if you’d like to. The bottom line is that you’re preparing the play the game. You want to put the best personnel on the field to win the game. If it’s part of your package, you do it. If you feel like you don’t gain an advantage, you don’t.”


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