Michigan has lost faith in backup quarterback Russell Bellomy after his bad performance in a 23-9 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers last Saturday.
According to MLive.com, starting quarterback Denard Robinson has taken less snaps in practice this week to give receiver, and former QB, Devin Gardner more reps at the position. MLive reported that Gardner has taken the bulk of the starting snaps and only “a couple” at receiver.
It is obvious coach Brady Hoke and offensive coordinator Al Borges believes Bellomy is not ready for the big stage, which is interesting because he has been No. 2 on the depth chart all season.
His reps in practice appear to correlate with his performance last weekend. He only completed three passes in relief of Robinson and threw three interceptions.
“Denard took some, Devin took a lot and then Russell took a couple,” Hoke told MLive. “Part of that was to get a little more snaps for Devin. Devin hasn’t taken a ton of snaps throughout the process. “He’s taken snaps, but not a ton of ‘em, so we wanted to get him back a little fresher.”
Translation: Gardner gives Michigan the best chance of winning should Robinson go down in a game with an injury.
Hoke has not announced who will be Shoelace’s backup this weekend against Minnesota, but it is clear that a rusty Gardner is a better option than a well-repped Bellomy.
If I know anything, it is that Hoke is bad at showing his hand when it comes to decision making. He has lost faith in Bellomy after one outing and the young QB is going to have to show more improvement in practice to earn another chance at playing next season.