Michigan may stick with Devin Gardner as starting quarterback for bowl game

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Junior Devin Gardner is expected to remain an integral part of Michigan's offense in his team's upcoming bowl game, regardless of Denard Robinson's health.

Even though senior Denard Robinson will be afforded more than a month to recover from a nerve injury in his elbow, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke confirmed to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com on Monday that junior Devin Gardner will remain in the team's plans at quarterback for its upcoming bowl game.

Gardner piloted the Wolverines to victories in three of his four starts this season, racking up a total of 15 passing and rushing touchdowns combined along the way. And with Robinson still trying to get his throwing motion down in practice and not having much luck, Hoke has every reason to keep Gardner's accurate arm on the field in order to keep defenses honest.

"He can throw the ball, but he can’t throw it the way and with the confidence that he’d like to throw with," Hoke said of Robinson's injury limitations "How the ball spins, all that stuff. I don’t think it’s spinning the way he’d like to."

Gardner has already sealed up his starting role under center heading into the 2013 campaign, and the Wolverines are crossing their fingers that he will be granted another year of eligibility after the team filed a late medical redshirt this week. It also seems to be the best of both worlds for Michigan on the field as well, and Robinson's use away from the quarterback position could also bode well for his NFL Draft stock.

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