Michigan Brady Hoke is not ready to announce the Wolverines' starting quarterback for the start of Big Ten play.
Hoke on Monday said he planned to make a decision regarding his quarterback by Tuesday. But now he said he will use the rest of the week to determine who will be the starter when the Wolverines face Minnesota at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.
Michigan is 2-2, including a 31-0 loss at Notre Dame and a 26-10 loss to Utah last Saturday. In both games, the Wolverines failed to reach the red zone.
Hoke said on Tuesday's Big Ten conference call that fifth-year starter Devin Gardner, the starter since last season, and sophomore backup Shane Morris will continue sharing first-team reps this week before making a final decision.
He did not say when – or if – he will make an announcement.
"We've got some ideas what we want to do, but we're still going to evaluate it," Hoke said Tuesday "We haven't been back out on the field (yet). We've got to compete and challenge like everyone.
"The other day we talked a lot and talked about what we wanted to do, but at this time we're going to have both guys take the reps. We feel good about both guys, and we'll have some other potential changes that we'll get to later in the week."
Hoke said he's delaying making the decision because he wants to be certain.
"The one thing in any personnel decisions we make this week we want to make sure we're right," Hoke said. "We don't want to mislead you guys at all, so we want to make sure we're doing it the right way."
Gardner has been the full-time starter since last season, Morris the backup. Morris' only start was in the bowl game when Gardner was injured.
Morris took over the Michigan offense with about 11 minutes left in Michigan's loss to Utah at Michigan Stadium last Saturday. He replaced Gardner after he threw his second interception of the game.
The Wolverines are now minus-10 in turnovers and are ranked No. 124 – dead last – nationally in turnover margin. The turnovers against Utah were not exclusive to Gardner. Morris had an interception and a fumble against.
Gardner has six interceptions this season and Morris has two in limited playing time. Michigan is ranked No. 121 of 125 in passes intercepted.
Hoke during the Big Ten call reiterated that Gardner is a strong leader and would accept a change if that's what is determined to be the best move.
"It can be delicate, but you've got guys who have competed all their lives and understand competition is always part of the game of football," Hoke said. "Both guys have had the same training and same offensive system. It's not like one guy's had more of this system than the others. We have a lot of faith in both guys as our quarterbacks. There's probably made more out of it than there is."
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, in his first season with the Wolverines, said Monday that he and Hoke have discussed a number of options, but running a two-quarterback system was not one of them.
"You want one starter," Nussmeier said.
Hoke would not be specific with regard to "other potential changes" he referenced during the conference.
When asked about potential changes on the offensive line, which has struggled the better part of the last two seasons, Hoke said he and his staff will evaluate as they always do.
"We'll see how the week goes," Hoke said.