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2014 Michigan Football Preview

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90 ■ THE WOLVERINE 2014 FOOTBALL PREVIEW QB PLAYER BIOS POSITION COACH Doug Nussmeier, in his first sea- son with the Wolverines, is entering his 14th year as a coach. He is Michi- gan's new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He comes to Ann Arbor after two years as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama, where he led an offense that set single-season program records for rushing touchdowns, passing touchdowns, total points and total offense on the Crimson Tide's way to the 2012 NCAA national champion- ship. In 2013, Alabama averaged more than 200 yards per game both on the ground and through the air. In addition to mentoring former Alabama and current NFL quarterback A.J. McCarron, Nussmeier was instrumental in the development of Washington quarterbacks Keith Price, now of the Seattle Seahawks, and Jake Locker, now of the Tennessee Titans, and Michigan State quarterbacks Drew Stanton, now of the Arizona Cardinals, and Jeff Smoker, who spent two seasons in the NFL. Before coming to Michigan, he was the offensive co- ordinator/quarterbacks coach at Alabama (2012-13), the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Washington (2009-11), the offensive coordinator at Fresno State (2008), the quarterbacks coach of the St. Louis Rams (2006-07) and the quarterbacks coach at Michigan State (2003-05). He also spent two years as a quarterbacks coach in the Canadian Football League (BC Lions, 2001, Ottawa Renegades, 2002). RETURNING PLAYERS RUSSELL BELLOMY • QB R-Jr. • Arlington, Texas Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 210 Career Highlights: Did not see game action in 2013 after suffering an ACL injury during spring practice … Appeared in five contests as a reserve quarterback in 2012, completing 4 of 21 attempts (19.0 percent) for 46 yards with four intercep- tions … Made career debut against Alabama … Struggled at Nebraska, completing 3 of 16 passes with three intercep- tions in relief of an injured Denard Robinson … Redshirted in 2011. Prep: Was a standout at Martin High School … Captained team to a 10-3 record and a Class 5A Division I regional semi- final appearance as a senior … Threw for 1,564 yards and 15 touchdowns, and compiled 804 yards and nine scores on the ground … A three-star recruit according to Personal: Born Russell Lee Bellomy on Aug. 8, 1992 … Enrolled in the School of Kinesiology, majoring in sport management. BRIAN CLEARY • QB R-So. • Detroit Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 213 Career Highlights: Appeared in one game as a reserve quarterback, mak- ing career debut in Michigan's season- opening 59-9 win over Central Michi- gan … Did not record any statistics … Redshirted in 2012. Prep: Attended Detroit Jesuit High School … Was a member of the National Honor Society … Four-year var- sity letterman in football … Earned first-team All-Catholic League honors as a quarterback during his junior and senior seasons. Personal: Born Brian Patrick Cleary on Sept. 2, 1993 … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, major undeclared. DEVIN GARDNER • QB 5th-Sr. • Inkster, Mich. Ht.: 6-4 • Wt.: 218 Career Highlights: Star ted 12 games at quarterback in 2013, missing the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl with a foot injury suffered against Ohio State … Earned All-Big Ten honorable mention distinction … Completed 208 of 345 passes for 2,960 yards (8.6 yards per attempt), 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and ran 165 times for 483 yards (2.9 yards per rush) and 11 touchdowns … Became the first quarterback in Michigan history to surpass the 400- and 500-yard passing marks in a game, with 503 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-29 passing against Indiana and 451 yards and four scores on 32- of-45 passing against Ohio State … Was responsible for five touchdowns in a 41-30 win over Notre Dame, racking up 294 yards and four scores through the air, and 82 yards and one touchdown on the ground … Earned Maxwell Award Player Of The Week and Davey O'Brien Award Quarterback Of The Week honors for his performance against the Fighting Irish … Spent time at wide receiver and quarterback during the 2012 season … Moved to receiver in 2012 spring practice, appearing in the first eight games with five starts … Had 16 receptions for 266 yards and four touchdowns … Started at quarterback against Minnesota in relief of an injured Denard Robinson, and played under center the final five games … Completed 75 of 126 attempts (59.5 percent) for 1,219 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions … Against Iowa, became the first Wolverine to account for six touchdowns in a single game since Steve Smith posted six touchdowns at Minnesota in 1983 … Appeared in nine games at quarter- back in 2011, completing 11 of 23 passes (47.8 percent) for 176 yards with one TD and one interception. Prep: Three-year starter for Inkster High School … Passed for 4,816 yards in his career and threw 41 touchdown passes in his final two seasons … Rushed for 991 yards and 12 touchdowns and also passed for 1,930 yards and 15 scores as a senior, earning Parade All-America honors … Considered a four-star prospect, the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No 132 player in the nation by Personal: Born Devin James Gardner on Dec. 14, 1991 … Brother, Deon, played football at Eastern Michigan … Holds degree in Afro-American and African studies. Year GP/GS Com. Att. Yds. TD INT 2010 3/0 7 10 85 1 0 2011 9/0 11 23 176 1 1 2012 13/4 75 126 1,219 11 5 2013 12/12 208 345 2,960 21 11 Total 37/16 504 301 4,440 34 17 GARRETT MOORES • QB R-Fr. • Detroit Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 209 Career Highlights: Redshirted in 2013. Prep: Played at Detroit Catholic Cen- tral, leading the Shamrocks to a 9-5 record as the starting quarterback and placekicker in 2012. Personal: Born Garrett Anthony Moores on April 27, 1995 … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, major undeclared. SHANE MORRIS • QB So. • Warren, Mich. Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 202 Career Highlights: Appeared in four games at quarterback, earning his first career start in Michigan's 31-14 loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl due to Devin Gardner's injury … Completed 24 of 38 passes for 196 yards and an interception against Kansas State … Rattled off a 40-yard rush against the Wildcats, the longest run from scrimmage from any Wolverine on the year … For season, completed 29 of 47 pass attempts for 261 yards (5.6 yards per attempt) and two interceptions … Made career debut in Michigan's 59-9 season-opening win over Central Michigan, completing 4 of 6 passes for 59 yards and a pick. Prep: Started three seasons on the De La Salle varsity, completing 290 of 568 pass attempts (51.1 percent) for 3,672 yards with 47 touchdowns and 33 interceptions … Missed four-plus games his senior year with mononucleosis … Connected on 61 of 113 attempts (54.0 percent) for 738 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions … Rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 1 player in Michigan, the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 81 overall player nationally by Personal: Born Shane Ryan Morris on Aug. 4, 1994. Year GP/GS Com. Att. Yds. TD INT 2013 4/1 29 47 261 0 2 Total 4/1 29 47 261 0 2 ALEX SWIECA • QB R-Jr. • New York, N.Y. Ht.: 6-1 • Wt.: 210 Career Highlights: Did not see game action in 2012 and 2013. Prep: Did not play a down of high school football for The Frisch School. Personal: Born Alex Swieca on April 23, 1992 … Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, major undeclared. NEWCOMER WILTON SPEIGHT • QB Fr. • Richmond, Va. Ht.: 6-6 • Wt.: 230 Prep: Played at The Collegiate School … Completed 182 of 349 passes for 2,845 yards (8.2 yards per attempt), 33 touchdowns and 14 picks as a senior … Tacked on 78 rushes for 292 yards and six scores … Completed 149 of 313 attempts for 2,504 yards (8.0 yards per attempt), 29 scores and 18 picks in 2012 … Won the 2013 Prep League Offensive Player Of The Year award and earned Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro Team honors. Personal: Born Robert Wilton Speight III on Dec. 6, 1994 … Plans to major in either business management or com- munications. ROSTER No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year Elig. Hometown (High School) 8 Russell Bellomy QB 6-3 210 Sr. Jr. Arlington, Texas (Martin) 6 Brian Cleary QB 6-3 213 Jr. So. Detroit (Detroit Jesuit) 98 Devin Gardner QB 6-4 218 5th Sr. Detroit (Inkster) 15 Garrett Moores QB 6-3 209 So. Fr. Detroit (Catholic Central) 7 Shane Morris QB 6-3 202 So. So. Warren, Mich. (De La Salle) 19 Wilton Speight QB 6-6 230 Fr. Fr. Richmond, Va. (The Collegiate School) 13 Alex Swieca QB 6-1 210 Sr. Jr. New York (The Frisch School) 86-90.QBs.indd 90 6/19/14 8:52 AM

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