Nov 30, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) rushes into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan OC: Competition key to Devin Gardner living up to unscratched potential

The offense for the Michigan Wolverines is going to take on a new look with first-year offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier coming to Ann Arbor from the Alabama Crimson Tide to replace Al Borges, but his style of offense won’t be the only thing that looks different as there could be a new quarterback under center.

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke mentioned earlier this winter that there will be competition at the sports’ most important position between fifth year senior Devin Gardner who had an up-and-down season and rising sophomore Shane Morris who started in place of an injured Gardner in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl loss.

But with spring practice about to get underway, Nussmeier may have tipped his hand with who the favorite to win the job is in comments to

“I really believe Devin has a lot of unscratched potential,” he said. “We’re going to really work hard this spring and summer, he’s done a great job, he’s up here every day studying, he’s grinding. I really think he’ll make great progress.”

Gardner’s health will be crucial to him securing the job as well as limiting turnovers, he had 11 interceptions in 2013, but with rarely does an experienced and productive player not come out victorious in these competitions which are designed to make all parties involved better.

Ultimately, Michigan needs Morris to push Gardner and vice versa for the position to be as strong as possible if Michigan is to get to the Big Ten Championship Game and beat rivals Ohio State and Michigan State.

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