Dec. 26, 2013
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With the 25th annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl just two days away, the University of Michigan football team spent Thursday (Dec. 26) fulfilling media obligations and immersing itself in preparation for the program's first-ever meeting with Kansas State.
Head coach Brady Hoke and 22 players from Team 134 began the day by participating in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Media Day at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn in Scottsdale. The Wolverines spent more than an hour at the bowl's media headquarters, answering questions from local and national media outlets and posing for individual and group photographs.
Drew Dileo (left) and Quinton Washington were among the 22 Wolverine players who took part in media day.
Jeremy Gallon interviews Brady Hoke (left). Captains Jake Ryan, Taylor Lewan, Courtney Avery and Cam Gordon.
At the event, Hoke announced that Michigan will be without the services of senior/junior quarterback Devin Gardner for Saturday night's game and that freshman signal caller Shane Morris will start in his place.
"This is a great opportunity (for Shane)," Hoke said. "We have a lot of faith in how he goes about his business getting ready to play."
After wrapping up media day, the team assembled for its daily meetings and went through a one-hour practice inside the hotel ballroom -- the same location as Wednesday night's team Christmas party.
Joe Reynolds provided a musical interlude between meetings (left). Michigan held practice in the hotel ballroom.
In the evening, players enjoyed a private buffet dinner hosted by bowl officials at the team hotel while U-M coaches and athletic administrators attended the official Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Kickoff Dinner at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix.
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