Quarterback Russell Bellomy getting extended look in Michigan football spring camp
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will receive fewer snaps this spring, but not because he's being pushed by backup Devin Gardner.
Gardner could receive fewer snaps as well, but not because he is being tried out at other positions.
Instead, redshirt freshman Russell Bellomy is getting an extended look this spring, offensive coordinator Al Borges said Monday during a news conference at Schembechler Hall.
"We’re looking more at him, because it’s spring time and we’re trying to get him some time," Borges said. "We're going to look at Russ more, and it might cost Denard a couple reps, or even Devin a couple. But we got to see ‘em all now.
"This is our chance, because once we get into the season and we’re gameplanning all the time, it gets tough to get everybody a lot of chances."
Bellomy is a 6-foot-3, 189-pound quarterback from Arlington, Texas. He originally committed to Purdue before being plucked away two weeks after the hire of Brady Hoke last year.
He was Hoke's first quarterback commit, but faces a tough road to receiving the reins to the Michigan offense.
Bellomy is stuck behind Robinson this year, and Gardner is the presumed heir for 2013. By the time 2014 rolls around, Bellomy will be a junior, but face serious competition from elite quarterback recruit Shane Morris.
Morris is the No. 3 quarterback in the country, according to Scout, and the prototypical pro-style Borges is seeking to run his West Coast offense. The lefty, who would be in his second year in the program in 2014, could push Bellomy for the starting job.
So where does Bellomy fit into the picture? That's what Borges intends to find out.
He said he already likes Bellomy's athleticism.
"He can get himself out of messes when things break down," Borges said of Bellomy, who was recruited as both a pro-style and spread quarterback. "He can run designed quarterback runs, although I don’t know you’d run as many as you would with Denard. But if you turn him loose, he will hurt you. He has that kind of ability.
Bellomy also has improved his arm strength since arriving on campus, Borges said, which addresses one of his biggest weaknesses.