While Russell Bellomy battles undisclosed injury, Devin Gardner is Michigan's No. 2 QB
MINNEAPOLIS -- Denard Robinson wasn't the only Michigan quarterback unavailable against Minnesota.
Turns out, Russell Bellomy was ruled out as well.
The Wolverines fared just fine without their top two quarterbacks, as receiver Devin Gardner slid under center and engineered a 35-13 win against the Gophers. He was 12-of-18 passing for 234 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for a score.
Coach Brady Hoke said after the game Gardner now is entrenched as Michigan's backup quarterback while Bellomy deals with an undisclosed injury, although he was guarded about what exactly is ailing the redshirt freshman.
"Russell's situation is a little different," Hoke said. "Not one I want to discuss."
Asked to clarify whether the issue is injury related, Hoke said "Most likely. Yes. A boo boo."
Bellomy suited up for the game and participated in pregame workouts, including throwing to receivers, but it was walk-on Jack Kennedy who operated the second-unit offense before the game.
Sure enough, with the game well in hand late in the fourth quarter, it was Kennedy, not Bellomy, who came on with the replacements. Bellomy never saw the field.
Bellomy's injury complicates Michigan's quarterback situation, with the starter Robinson already impacted three of the past four weeks by an ulnar nerve injury in his throwing elbow.
Robinson was knocked out against Nebraska last week, and didn't play against Minnesota. Bellomy replaced him against the Cornhuskers, but struggled, completing just 3-of-16 passes with three interceptions.
It appears, at least for now, Bellomy has relinquished his role as Michigan's backup quarterback.