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Devin Gardner says Michigan is 'Denard's team'

Leading Michigan to two victories over the past two weeks hasn't convinced Devin Gardner that he should be considered the team's quarterback once Denard Robinson is healthy.

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Even though he's led the team to two victories over the past two weeks, Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner insists that fellow QB Denard Robinson is the man for the job once he's healthy, as Kyle Meinke of MLive reports. Robinson, the incumbent starter, is dealing with nerve damage in his throwing elbow.

Just minutes after Gardner led the Wolverines to a 38-31 comeback victory over the Northwestern Wildcats in overtime last weekend, he said, "This is Denard's team, and it's always going to be Denard's team until he's gone ... He's done way too much for two games to change that. I feel like I just have to do what I have to do to help the team."

Gardner certainly doesn't have Robinson's unique ability as a runner, but the junior has proven to be more comfortable throwing the ball in recent weeks. Robinson, a senior, has struggled to make improvements as a passer since taking over as Michigan's starting quarterback during his sophomore season.

Even if Gardner doesn't believe that he should be considered over Robinson as the team's starting quarterback in the present, most people don't seem to agree. After what he's accomplished over the past couple weeks, expect the debate to continue for the next few days.

On Saturday, Michigan hosts the Iowa Hawkeyes.