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Brady Hoke says he’d start Devin Gardner over Johnny Manziel (Video)

Nick Bromberg
Dr. Saturday

Man, Johnny Manziel just can't catch a break this week.

Thankfully for him, game day is just a day away. Friday, making an appearance on the Dan Patrick show, when the topic of Manziel came up, Michigan coach Brady Hoke deferred to Devin Gardner, his team's starting quarterback.

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When asked to finish the sentence "If Johnny Manziel is your quarterback..." Hoke responded "If Johnny Manziel's our quarterback, he'd probably be playing behind Devin Gardner."

"Devin Gardner, I've got a lot of faith in."

Strong words by the Michigan coach, who again expressed his preference for the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry to continue. Does Hoke really believe that? Who knows. It's likely a case of coachspeak -- he's sticking up for his starting quarterback after all. But given the things that have been said about Manziel, the defending Heisman Trophy winner, there seems to be a growing segment of people who wouldn't start him under any circumstances.

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