Michigan QB Bellomy tears ACL

Michigan quarterback Russell Bellomy tore his ACL in spring practice last week, the team announced Monday.

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

A year ago, Bellomy was outstanding in Michigan’s spring game, allowing the Wolverines to make him Denard Robinson’s backup and move Devin Gardner to wide receiver.

However, when Robinson sustained an elbow injury against Nebraska, Bellomy wasn’t ready to take over. He went 3-for-16 in the 23-9 loss to the Cornhuskers, throwing three interceptions. Gardner immediately moved back to quarterback and finished the season at the starter.

This season, Bellomy was expected to battle highly touted freshman Shane Morris for the second-string role behind Gardner. Morris, though, won’t be camp until this fall, leaving walk-on Brian Cleary as Gardner’s backup for the rest of the spring.