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Outback Bowl 2013: Devin Gardner to start at QB for Michigan

Devin Gardner will stay as the starting quarterback for the Outback Bowl, getting the nod over Denard Robinson.

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Devin Gardner will start at quarterback over Denard Robinson for the Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl, according to Kyle Meinke of

This news does not come as a shock since Gardner finished the season as the Wolverines starting quarterback. Michigan head coach Brady Hoke stressed this point in his Monday morning news conference:

"Devin will be the starting quarterback and Denard will play some quarterback. It's really how we finished the year, the last four ballgames."

After suffering an elbow injury towards the end of the season, Robinson's role as a quarterback diminished, but his role across the offense increased. He still took some snaps under center, but also saw time at the wide receiver position and in the backfield as a running back. He has not thrown a pass since the injury.

Brady Hoke also said in his press conference that Robinson could possibly return punts and kickoffs.

Devin Gardner and the Michigan Wolverines face-off with the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Outback Bowl on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ET.