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Options at Quarterback Quickly Dwindling for Michigan Wolverines

Rick Osentoski – USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines found themselves in need of another quarterback on the roster to provide some depth behind starting signal caller Devin Gardner. To fill that need, the team has been actively courting potential transfer quarterbacks. They pursued Clint Trickett but lost out to the West Virginia Mountaineers and then were beat out for Brandon Mitchell by the NC State Wolfpack. With available options dwindling, how will the Wolverines address their need at quarterback?

According to Brady Hoke, the team would prefer a graduate transfer than a JUCO quarterback due to Michigan’s rigorous school requirements making a JUCO transfer more difficult to work out. The biggest name still out there, of course, is Wes Lunt from the Oklahoma State Cowboys and he has shown interest in transferring into the Big Ten. The Wolverines, however, haven’t been a candidate for Lunt at any point due to the quarterback’s desire to play in a spread offense and be closer to home at programs like the Illinois Fighting Illini or Louisville Cardinals.

Hoke and offensive coordinator Al Borges know that finding a solid backup isn’t going to be a simple process. To get the kind of player they are looking for, they have to be graduating this spring or summer with some experience running a similar offense. While they will have to learn all of the terminology on their own away from the coaching staff, having a knowledge base in the concepts and philosophy of what Michigan is running will make the transition much smoother. On top of all that, they have to be a good fit from a chemistry standpoint.

It looks more and more like Michigan will be without that added depth behind Gardner heading into next season unless one of their young players becomes a major surprise in fall camp. Hoke has put out an open invitation for quarterbacks from other programs who are considering a change to come to Ann Arbor, but will the Wolverines find their guy this summer?

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