The Michigan football program added a walk-on quarterback by the name of Garrett Moores on Wednesday—a savvy move that will ensure depth and competition in 2013 for the Wolverines.
Moores announced the move on his Twitter account, and shortly thereafter Tom VanHaaren of ESPN confirmed the move:
Michigan added 2013 QB Garrett Moores as a walk on today. From Detroit Catholic Central— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) June 19, 2013
Ever since Russell Bellomy went down with an ACL injury earlier this spring, questions have swirled regarding what would happen during the season if Devin Gardner were to unfortunately go down with an injury of his own.
Many thought head coach Brady Hoke would try to find a quarterback by way of transfer, but Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com recently reported Hoke would not be going that route. Hoke told reporters, "I think we're pretty set with what we have."
On the one hand, it's nice to know Hoke has so much confidence in Gardner. The team has high hopes for this young signal-caller, and he has a chance to really make strides this season.
On the other hand, Gardner is a dual-threat quarterback who took some big hits last year. Should he suffer an injury, Michigan's chances of winning games would significantly lessen.
A big quarterback, at 6'4" and 200 pounds, Moores led Catholic Central to the 2012 Division 1 state championship, though the team lost to Detroit Cass Tech. He passed for 221 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in that contest.
According to MaxPreps.com, he was the No. 3 quarterback in Michigan last year. Adding another quarterback like Moores is a smart move by Hoke.
He will now compete with fellow walk-ons Brian Cleary and Alex Swieca, as well as 4-star freshman Shane Morris, to see who will back up Gardner during the season.
Though obviously not highly recruited, Moores is a player worth keeping an eye on going forward.
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