We now know that Devin Gardner was basically Michigan's only serviceable quarterback Saturday. Bellomy was hurt (and it's pretty obvious it was legit, given his absence from warmups and Kennedy's insertion in garbage time) and Denard was unavailable.
We also suspect that Al Borges isn't a huge fan of using a quarterback in designated runs, and that starting next year the "Let Denard Run" portion of the playbook will be mothballed. He had a week of Devin Gardner as his first-team quarterback, knowing that Denard and Bellomy might not go.
The result? A gameplan that completely ignored the quarterback as a runner. Devin's a pretty fast guy, but his running plays were mostly improvised, with a light helping of traditional drop-back draws. There were no veers where Devin actually could have made a run read. No QB isos or sweeps. We just saw what might be our QB next year; did we just see a preview of our new offense?
My question: Did Borges remove the QB run plays from the gameplan because he preferred Gardner as a more traditional drop-back-and-occasionally-scramble QB? Or did he merely take runs out of the plan because Michigan absolutely could not afford to have Devin get hurt?
This question is in good faith; I think either answer is reasonably valid, and on this weekend at least the Manball grind-and-torch-clock huddle offense was absolutely perfect for Michigan. The second quarter was brilliant. This question is relevant, though, because if Devin starts next year but has a valid backup or two, he can still do damage in an inverted veer that seems to work pretty well.