Brady Hoke mum on QB starter; LB Desmond Morgan to return, but starting spot unsettled
ANN ARBOR -- Like he was going to say anything else?
Michigan coach Brady Hoke declined to name a starting quarterback Wednesday during his final media availability of Ohio State week.
"It’s day to day," Hoke said, as he often has in recent weeks.
Senior Denard Robinson continues to experience numbness after sustaining nerve damage in his throwing elbow and has missed three quarterback starts. He started last week at tailback, and also played some receiver and quarterback without attempting a pass.
Hoke said Robinson hasn't been limited in practice this week and remains a candidate to start at quarterback, but his exact role will remain a mystery until Saturday's kickoff.
Robinson's replacement, Devin Gardner, remains in the fold as well after guiding No. 20 Michigan (8-3, 6-1) to three consecutive wins. He accounted for six straight touchdowns in last week's win against Iowa.
Hoke said reserve quarterback Russell Bellomy has been cleared to play. The redshirt freshman has been unavailable with an undisclosed "condition" since subbing for Robinson against Nebraska.
"He’s doing great," Hoke said.
Hoke declined to name a backup quarterback.
At linebacker, Hoke said sophomore Desmond Morgan will return this week after missing the Iowa game with an injury. But it's possible he won't return to his starter's role.
Freshman James Ross replaced Morgan against Iowa and recorded a team-high 12 tackles.
"We’ll see," Hoke said. "Right now, they’re competing."
Morgan has started 14 of the past 16 games at weak-side linebacker. He has 67 tackles this season, fourth on the team despite missing two games with injury.