Taylor Lewan: 'I really don't appreciate' criticism of QB Russell Bellomy
ANN ARBOR -- Russell Bellomy was thrown into the fire against Nebraska, and didn't escape unscathed.
But he retains the confidence of his teammates.
The backup Michigan quarterback was called upon in the second quarter Saturday against
Nebraska after starter Denard Robinson sustained a nerve injury in his elbow. He missed on his first 10 passes, finished 3-of-16 through the air and tossed three picks
The Wolverines (5-3, 3-1) were held without a touchdown in the 23-9 loss.
But offensive lineman Taylor Lewan says he's confident Bellomy can get the job done.
"I have 100 percent faith in Russell," Lewan said Monday. "I think Russell is in a tough situation. Any person that thinks they could have done a better job -- they couldn't have. I mean, 90,000 fans in red shirts screaming at you, and you're a redshirt freshman, that's a tough situation. All the things being told about Russell, I don't appreciate it.
"I really don't appreciate some of things I've heard."
Michigan's offense stalled under Bellomy. None of his first four drives lasted more than three plays. Three of his seven drives ended with an interception.
The Wolverines managed just 52 yards of offense in the second half. The three points they scored were aided by 45 yards in Nebraska penalties.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke said he expects Robinson to play next week against Minnesota, but Bellomy and Gardner, a former quarterback who moved to receiver in the offseason, will receive expanded QB reps in practice this week as a precaution.
The key, Lewan said, is to put Nebraska behind them and focus on re-establishing the run against the Gophers.
"You got to have a short memory in football," Lewan said. :Every single play you do is the most important play, and as soon as it's over, it's as if it never happened.
"Tough loss.Got to go into Minnesota and be successful and change things, got to realize what the problem was and fix it."