Hoke: Michigan looking for graduate quarterback
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ichigan is without a healthy scholarship backup for quarterback Devin Gardner, but Wolverines coach Brady Hoke says he wants to find one.
Sophomore backup Russell Bellomy sustained an ACL injury during spring camp, leaving incoming freshman Shane Morris as the only scholarship player behind Gardner.
“Yeah, we are (still looking),” Hoke said Monday before a West Michigan Sports Commission luncheon in Grand Rapids. “But, it’s one of those things where there’s a lot of I’s to dot and T’s to cross to make sure it’s the right fit.”
Morris, who arrives on campus next week. The other two reserves are walk-ons, Brian Cleary and Alex Swieca.
Bellomy had successful surgery earlier this month but is expected to miss the 2013 season.
Hoke would like to a land a player by the start of summer term, which begins June 27.
“You’d like to have an idea where a guy’s on campus,” Hoke said. “Some guys are finishing later than we finish, so that’s part of it.”
Hoke said the school’s academic requirements could make it more difficult to bring in a JUCO transfer, making a graduate transfer more likely.
Michigan tried to get in the mix for former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett, but was unable to convince him to visit. After visiting West Virginia, Auburn and South Florida, Trickett chose the Mountaineers.
Arkansas senior Brandon Mitchell, who decided to leave when Brandon Allen was named the starter at the end of spring ball, is a possibility. He is also considering South Florida, N.C. State, UAB, Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State.
But playing time was the impetus for Mitchell’s decision to leave Arkansas, and with just one season of eligibility remaining, it’s difficult to see Michigan being able to convince him to come in as Gardner’s backup.
Look for additional names to appear on the horizon in coming weeks.
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