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April 1, 2013

Backup QB Russell Bellomy suffers ACL tear

Michigan redshirt sophomore quarterback Russell Bellomy has suffered an ACL tear in spring practice, TheWolverine.com has learned and U-M has confirmed.

Bellomy appeared in five games last season as Denard Robinson's backup, completing 4 of 21 attempts for 46 yards with four interceptions. He played the final few minutes of the second quarter and the entire second half against Nebraska, completing just 3 of 16 attempts with three picks in a 23-9 loss to the Cornhuskers.

Bellomy did not appear in another game all season, for many the scapegoat of the loss to NU and the reason Michigan did not qualify for the Big Ten Championship. Both head coach Brady Hoke and offensive coordinator Al Borges had said this spring that the Texan was aware of the perception by fans and the media but that he was determined to change those opinions.

With redshirt junior Devin Gardner slated to start for the Maize and Blue, Bellomy was expected to compete for the No. 2 job with true freshman Shane Morris.

He is the second Wolverine to suffer an ACL injury this spring, joining redshirt junior linebacker Jake Ryan, who is expected to miss all of the 2013 season.

"It's unfortunate, especially for a kid who battled through a tough injury last season and was having a really good spring," said Hoke. "We'll continue to support Russell and look forward to having him back on the field."

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