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Michigan vs. Ohio State: Brady Hoke plays coy on starting quarterback

Denard Robinson returned to the field on Saturday, but Brady Hoke declined to say if Robinson will start at quarterback against Ohio State.

Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan's Denard Robinson will be on the field against Ohio State, but Wolverines' head coach Brady Hoke wouldn't say whether or not Robinson would start at quarterback.

In his weekly press conference, Hoke said Robinson continues to recover from the elbow injury which kept him out of two games, but said he is able to throw and could start at quarterback if needed. Robinson played multiple roles for the Wolverines against Iowa, but did not throw a pass.

Robinson rushed for 98 yards and caught two passes for 24 yards against Iowa. Devin Gardner continued to play well in place of Robinson at quarterback. He completed 18 of 23 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns. Both Gardner and Robinson will likely be on the field against the Buckeyes, but by refusing to name a starter, Hoke forces Ohio State to prepare for both.

Whether or not he plays a typical quarterback role, Gardner said Robinson will have a big impact on the game because of how he draws the attention of opposing defenses.