Saturday, November 3, 2012
A peek at Michigan's future offense
By Chantel Jennings
MINNEAPOLIS -- Perhaps this is what the Michigan offense was supposed to look like all season.
No matter that it's already the ninth game or that the game's starting quarterback was a wide receiver. No matter that the usual starting quarterback (who many believe is better suited as a wide receiver or running back) spent the day on the sideline. Because the Wolverines produced, converted and behind their stand-in signal-caller, they left Minnesota with a 35-13 victory and the Little Brown Jug.
"It didn't surprise us," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said of Devin Gardner's performance. "His ability, getting a lot of snaps, obviously -- he has been in the offense enough, he knows most of it. And I think he did a nice job of managing the team."
Devin Gardner threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns as he filled in for injured starter Denard Robinson.
But Gardner's success on the field against the Golden Gophers only makes Michigan's quarterback situation blurrier -- this season and next. Hoke said that if Robinson's ulnar-nerve injury is sufficiently healed, the senior will start and that there's no competition, which is understandable given Robinson's skill set and experience. But Gardner played one of the more comprehensive and solid games at quarterback that Michigan has seen this season.
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