Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner has gone through a roller coaster of a career while donning the Blue and Yellow. Gardner’s skill-set is unfamiliar too most coaches, and planning to properly utilize him at the position requires restructuring the offensive set. Gardner spent his first two seasons backing up star Denard Robinson before assuming the role of starting quarterback prior to the 2013 season. Now, head coach Brady Hoke has called for Gardner to again be the Wolverines’ man under center after the handling of Shane Morris’ concussion last weekend.
Gardner has thrown for 5,173 yards throughout his career completing 39 touchdowns to go along with 23 interceptions. The fifth-year senior had started 16 games prior to the team’s decision to start Morris a week ago. After suffering a sprained ankle as well as a concussion, Morris was not even listed as an option at quarterback.
The Big Blue squares off against one of the newest members of the Big 10 conference, Rutgers, on Saturday hoping to recover form a brutal 2-3 start. Both sides of the ball have been at fault and the Wolverines could take a major slide if they are unable to snag a victory over the Scarlet Knights.
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