Hoke: Johnny Manziel would back up Devin Gardner

Brady Hoke has been known to make a few bold statements from time-to-time, but the Wolverines’ head coach may have topped them all during a radio interview on the “Dan Patrick Show,” early Friday morning.

After touching on this weekend’s Michigan-Notre Dame matchup, Patrick asked Hoke about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who has been entangled in constant controversy this offseason.

During the interview, Patrick asked Hoke to finish the following sentence: “If Johnny Manziel’s your quarterback _________.”

Much to the surprise of Patrick, Hoke finished the sentence by saying: “If Johnny Manziel is our quarterback, he’d probably be playing behind Devin Gardner,” referring to the Wolverine’s starting signal caller. “Devin Gardner… I’ve got a lot of faith in him.”

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That’s quite a compliment and should serve as a major boost of confidence for the Wolverines’ quarterback.

Patrick concluded the interview by asking Hoke to give him his best pitch to attend Michigan over Ohio State.

Here are his answers:

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* “No. 1, I’d talk about the academics we have at Michigan and that we’re right in between 12-and-15 in the world as far as an academic institution.”

* “We’re the winningest program in the history of college football.”

* “When you play in that stadium, you’re going to play in front of the biggest crowd.”

* “We’ve got three goals for every guy on our football team. No. 1 is to graduate at the highest level. Don’t let them underachieve because we can’t let them cheat themselves. Socially honor your name and who you represent, your family and the decisions you make. And competitively, how you come into this building every day to become the best that you can be for Michigan.”

Listen to the full interview here: Brady Hoke on the Dan Patrick Show.

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Kevin Gillman on 9/6/2013 @ 3:32pm EDT Said:

What are they 1-9 in the last 10 games against Ohio State? 1-10 after this season.

JoeW on 9/6/2013 @ 5:24pm EDT Said:

Here is How Meyer might answer that same question:
1). We have a higher graduation rate for the football team based on the APR and a larger number of all big ten academic awardees. (Note…most football players are not in the programs that are driving the national rankings like engineering, finance, etc.) so to the football player the national ranking may not be that relevant. 2). We have been the best B10 program in your lifetime, winning more games and more championships and its not even close. 3). We have a stadium that seats over 105000 and has been recognized as one of the loudest and toughest places to play in (note back to point 2). Bonus reason…I’m freaking Urban Meyer. I run an alpha male, competition based program that is chasing National Championships and have a proven track record of doing just that. I hope he gets on that show and is given the same opportunity to answer that question.

MJC on 9/6/2013 @ 5:31pm EDT Said:

Well, it’s official. Hoke has become as arrogant as most UM people and is now believing his own propaganda. Remember last year when the Wolverine nation thought they were going to win the national championship? COME ON, have a some humility and get real!

hadley smith on 9/6/2013 @ 5:36pm EDT Said:

@kevin
If you play as bad as you did last week against the lowly buffs, it’ll b 2 out of the last 10. And btw, what does your comment have to do anything with this post? Say something relevant instead of something most ppl already know…god I hate trolls..

Eric on 9/6/2013 @ 7:03pm EDT Said:

Look Coach Hoke is right. Manziel has disrespected his school, coaches, and Teammates. Coach Hoke suspended 2 seniors last year for the bowl game. When will people under stand when Michigan coaches and team members say its about the “Team the Team the Team!” they mean it. Win or lose.

Eric on 9/6/2013 @ 7:14pm EDT Said:

And Kevin Gillman. OSU has won 1-9 and may win 1-10 this year. BUT Michigan players didn’t sell helmets, gold pants, and anything else the equipment manager would give them for tattoos and cost their team a chance at a NC. So that’s the difference. It’s about building men and not win at all cost MEN and WOMEN at Michigan.

MSU aka owns Beilien Doug on 9/6/2013 @ 8:39pm EDT Said:

I have to agree Gardner is a better Heisman winner than Manziel, I fear that he will light us up for300 yards on Nov 2

Concerned. on 9/6/2013 @ 9:25pm EDT Said:

First off, Gardner offer Manziel? Let Gardner have a good game against a good defense first. Then prop him up and talk smack. Until then, shut up.

As for recruiting pitches. Sorry, as long as the General Studies major is used and abused to the extent it is, Michigan academics are a freaking joke as far as athletes are concerned. The rest are fine but don’t preach academics. Michigan’s documented record in that regard is not very good.

Big Brother on 9/6/2013 @ 9:36pm EDT Said:

Kevin, you clearly are bad at counting. we are 2-8 against Ohio St and it should be 2-7 since they have been caught as cheaters. by the way, the opener gave me no reason to be impressed with the Suckeyes. if anything, Michigan was the one who looked like the #2 team in the nation last week. granted it was Central, but then again they will probably be better than Buffalo this year. hate on OSU, we’re coming for you this year, to take you right off your fantasized perch in this conference

jl on 9/6/2013 @ 10:07pm EDT Said:

How about “you don’t have to live in Ohio”

renwick on 9/7/2013 @ 4:02am EDT Said:

Class is not measured in points. Nice responses, Coach.

Jameson on 9/7/2013 @ 4:56am EDT Said:

Ohio is another school with a losing record against Michigan.

reality check on 9/7/2013 @ 9:17am EDT Said:

Took a lot of courage to post that, but its accurate, Most would agree that when Devon lights up Sparty for 300 yards and wins the Heisman that he will be a stronger Heisman winner than Johnny Manziel.

JoeW on 9/7/2013 @ 11:29am EDT Said:

Hey Michigan guys. Vacated wins don’t erase losses by the team that lost the game. So 2010 is still a loss. Also since we posters are not bound by NCAA judgement who cares. Talking about record changes because of vacated games is pretty lame and grounds for having your man card revoked. As an OSU fan I have to acknowledge Michigan owns the overall series primarily due to winning the first 12 games. Since the forward pass was legalized the series is essentially even. I’m old enough to remember Woody and Bo, the Copper years, the Carr years, etc. OSU has dominated recently and I don’t see Michigan heading to another dominant period as long as Meyer is coaching. I do think the series will start to move back to more even, but to think Hoke will somehow take the series to one sided for Michigan is homerism at its best.

Kevin Gillman on 9/7/2013 @ 3:15pm EDT Said:

@Bradley, I am not a troll, just because I don’t post on here much doesn’t mean I am not an intelligent fan. Second of all, to ANYONE that says they weren’t impressed with the showing last week to Buffalo, it’s a win, and the first week. I guarantee you that as the weeks roll on, Buckeyes will be better, and I have no doubt that Buckeyes will beat Michigan. Remember this, Buckeyes went undefeated last season, and they have more depth this season. Good luck against the irish tonight, that might be a tough loss.

hadley smith on 9/10/2013 @ 12:56pm EDT Said:

@ Kevin. OK so your not a troll..I’m glad and I take it back. In the meantime, how ’bout them wolverines? They beat a top 25 tm and even though they had their ups and downs, they still beat ‘em by more than I tht they would. As far as your bucks..they go as far as miller will take them. And with this leg inj. we’ll just have to wait and see if he leads this tm on. If not, you got a good replacement in Kenny G. (no, not the artist!!)
And to set the record straight, Michigan is 3-10 in the last 13 gms. And 12-12-1 in the last 25–since 1988. So as you can see it’s a very even series. All this domination talk by ohio fans is only true in the current circumstances. Both tms. have had their runs of “domination” over the other.