UM coach Hoke expects Gardner to start against MSU

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — Michigan coach Brady Hoke expects Devin Gardner to start at quarterback against Michigan State.

Gardner, a fifth-year senior, injured his left ankle in the victory against Penn State on Saturday, missed two series but returned to the game hobbling. After the game he was wearing a protective walking boot.

Michigan does not play this weekend and returns at Michigan State on Oct. 25.

"We expect Devin to be there," Hoke said Wednesday at his weekly news conference. "Having Shane (Morris) back and healthy also is a big part of it."

Morris, the backup quarterback, has not played since suffering a concussion and high left ankle sprain against Minnesota.

"Shane's healthy enough," Hoke said.

In other personnel news, offensive lineman Kyle Bosch who took a leave from the team this season for personal reasons, will rejoin the Wolverines in January, Hoke said.

Hoke was unclear about the status of linebacker Desmond Morgan, who has been out since the first game with an arm injury. Morgan is eligible to redshirt.

Hoke was asked if there's a cutoff to determine Morgan's status.

"We're kind of by it in some ways," he said, then saying he didn't indicate if Morgan will sit out the rest of the season. "I think there are a lot of possibilities."

Also, defensive lineman Willie Henry, who was in uniform last Saturday but did not play, could have played against Penn State, Hoke said.