Michigan’s Devin Gardner: ‘I’m the quarterback of the team’

Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris (7) walks off the field with injured quarterback Devin Gardner (98) following the game against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Kansas State defeated Michigan 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris (7) walks off the field with injured quarterback Devin Gardner (98) following the game against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Kansas State defeated Michigan 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner fully participated in the team’s first spring practice of the 2014 season, to the surprise of some, including the coaching staff. While this shows that Gardner is healing rather well from his foot injury that he suffered at the end of last season that kept him out of the bowl game against Kansas State, that still doesn’t mean that his job will be as easy to get as it was last season.

Heading into this fall, Gardner will be in stiff competition with the other signal callers on the roster, most notably sophomore Shane Morris, who started in place of Gardner in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl this past December.

But that doesn’t stop Gardner from having all the confidence in the world heading into all of this as he firmly still believes that this is his team.

“I’m a competitor, I’m going to compete and they’ll pick the best quarterback when it’s time,” Gardner said Tuesday night. “(But) I’m the quarterback of the team.”

The battle still should be interesting nonetheless as Gardner’s production in the second half of last season dropped tremendously while Morris, a true freshman at the time of the bowl game and seeing his first starting action, showed some tremendous upside to work with.

Topics: Devin Gardner, Football, Michigan Wolverines

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