Michigan’s next backup quarterback: Who exactly is Brian Cleary?

Michigan QB Russell Bellomy may be lost for the season. Is walk-on Brian Clearly an actual option to backup Devin Gardner? - Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan lost quarterback Russell Bellomy to an ACL injury in spring practice Friday. Now the debate about who should backup starter Devin Gardner begins. Could walk-on Brian Cleary be in the mix?

Michigan quarterback Russell Bellomy was penciled in by many U-M fans as the team’s second-string signal caller for 2013. That changed when the redshirt sophomore tore his anterior cruciate ligament during spring practice Friday.

Let the debate for who should backup starter Devin Gardner begin.

One potential replacement at backup is incoming-freshman Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate). Morris is the all-everything lefty and many believe (read: pray) he will be redshirted to preserve his eligibility for a title run in 2014 and beyond.

The other option at backup is walk-on Brian Cleary (Detroit, Mich./Univ. of Detroit Jesuit). The 6-3, 199-pound redshirt freshman is pretty much an enigma at this point.

We really only know a few things about Cleary:

With key players dropping like flies in spring practice, don’t be surprised if coach Brady Hoke sits Gardner during the spring game like he did with Robinson last season. U-M cannot lose Gardner, plus the Wolverines need to sort out the backup spot anyway—remember, Morris will not be on campus until this summer.

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