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21 touchdowns last season, but was intercepted 11 times. He had 451 passing yards and four touchdowns in the finale against Ohio State but was unable to play in the bowl game due to a broken left foot.
final season with the Wolverines.
"I thought they've come out like that every day," he said. "They're excited about football."
The Wolverines open the season Aug. 30 against visiting Appalachian State, which makes its FBS debut. The Mountaineers posted one of college football's most memorable upsets in the 2007 season opener when they stunned the No. 5 ranked Wolverines 34 32.
Hoke and the Wolverines finished outside The Associated Press Top 25 last season after a bowl loss to Kansas State, while rival Michigan State won the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl.
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"I would think he's had a really good fall camp so far," Hoke said, "but if he doesn't play well in portions, Doug won't hesitate to take him out."
The early days of practice, Hoke added, have been spirited and competitive with a few scuffles, to boot.
quarterbacks coach, away from the same position at Alabama. Before joining the Crimson Tide, the former NFL quarterback helped groom Jake Locker for the NFL at the University of Washington.
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"The energy we've had New Balance Zante V2 Review all week has been really positive," he said Friday afternoon. "We've had good practices, but we've got a long way to go to get where we need to be."
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Gardner got the lion's share of snaps with the first team during the opening week of practice, and Hoke said he's been pleased with the way Nussmeier has been working with him.
Devin Funchess likely will be one of Gardner's top targets again after catching 49 balls for 748 yards and six touchdowns last season. Hoke said there's plenty of talent in the remainder of the receiving corps, even if it's relatively untested.
Michigan will scrimmage for the first time next week and Hoke said he expects to have defensive back Blake Countess (groin) and defensive end Mario Ojemudia (ankle) back on the field by then. Receiver Drake Harris is out with a second hamstring injury and was limited to rehab drills during Friday's practice.
Hoke did not make players available to reporters. But after five practices, the coach said he likes what he has seen from the team.
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