Michigan Spring Game: Fans will get their first look at Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines


"2015 Spring Game facts and figures:Saturday, April 4, noon, Michigan Stadium:Admission: FreeTV: Big Ten Network, noon.Radio: 97.1  The Ticket in Detroit in addition to Alma (WFYC 1280 AM), Ann Arbor (WTKA 1050 AM),  Grand Rapids (WOOD 1300 AM), Muskegon (WOOD 106.9 FM) and Toledo (WLQR 106.5 FM). The game will also be broadcast on Sirius XM Radio — channels 93 (Sirius) and 195 (XM).Parking: Limited free parking around the stadium. Pioneer High School is $20 per car. $50 for RV’s. ADA parking free of charge will be available beginning at 7 a.m.  in the parking area east of the William Davidson Player Development Center and is accessible from Stadium Blvd. Proper Disability Parking Placard will be required.Gates open 10 am.More from Michigan WolverinesBetting Preview: Best Bets for Michigan vs. Ohio State Rivalry Michigan Coach Shockingly Fired as Sign-Stealing Scandal ContinuesBetting Preview: Best Bets for Michigan vs. Penn State Known Blowhard Paul Finebaum Makes Ridiculous Michigan Prediction about National ChampionshipMichigan Wolverines New Betting Favorite to Win National Championship"

Jim Harbaugh begins his first chapter as Michigan’s head coach Saturday (Apr. 4) when the Wolverines hold their annual spring game at The Big House.

The two coordinators, Tim Drevno (offense) and D.J. Durkin recently held a draft to stock the two teams who will scrimmage during four 10-minute quarters.

Harbaugh, who quarterbacked the Wolverines from 1983-86, will have a close eye on the QB position battle. Unlike recent years Michigan has plenty of QB depth, albeit inexperience depth.

Several candidates

6-3 Shane Morris, who’s been in the program for two seasons, and 6-6 Wilton Speight, who redshirted during his freshman season were thought to be quarterbacks fighting for Devin Gardner’s job.

But Harbaugh recruited 6-2 Alex Malzone and 6-7 Zach Gentry late in the game.

Malzone, an early enrollee from Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, is present at spring practice and is getting plenty of attention. He might not be the most athletic or tallest of the bunch, but he has a reputation of getting the job done.

Malzone to Perry

By tossing 25 touchdown passes against only nine interceptions, Malzone  led Brother Rice (Mi.) to its second straight Division 2 State championship. For his prep career Malzone threw 63 passes for touchdowns with only 14 picks. Let’s not forget the .668 completion percentage.

Malzone will have the benefit of another intangible when favorite prep target 6-0 WR Grant Perry arrives this summer as part of the 2015 recruiting class.

If none of these youngsters can do the job, senior transfer  6-3 Jake Rudock will be competing at fall camp with two successful (stat wise) seasons with the Iowa Hawkeyes behind him.  For his career, Rudock threw 34 touchdown passes against 18 interceptions. He’s quite an insurance policy unless one the youngsters doesn’t pan out.

Good evaluator

So Harbaugh will be picking a quarterback from five candidates, something that’s second nature to him says offensive coordinator Tim Drevno.

"“I’ve never been around a guy that’s better than him at evaluating talent,” Drevno said at his press conference earlier this week.  “Outstanding. And he can pick a lineman, he can pick a receiver, running back, DB- I’ve never been around a guy [like that]. He was a great player and he was a coach’s kid (Jack) and they’ve been around it all their life. They don’t know any different.”"

Along with Harbaugh, assistant coach Jedd Fisch  is also working with the quarterbacks. As well as the scholarship players, walk-ons Matt Thompson, Garrett Moores, Brian Cleary, Joe Hewett and Ramsey Romano all have dreams of their own.

MAIZE TEAM: D.J. Durkin, Coach

 BLUE TEAM: Tim Drevno, Coach

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