Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time for a practical Hoke on QB issue?
By Michael Rothstein
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Devin Gardner trotted onto the Michigan Stadium turf with 18 seconds left, Michigan trailing by three points and, for the quarterback making his second career start, one more question of his capability rising up.
Consider it answered. Any questions about Gardner's ability to play quarterback passed with one final throw, one last drive. Gardner scrambled around and saw Roy Roundtree open. He threw it up, an on-target heave 53 yards in the air.
Roundtree leapt, tipped the ball, felt it hit his helmet and he grabbed it -- not quite in David Tyree style, but close. It put Michigan in position to kick a field goal, tie the game and eventually come from behind to beat Northwestern 38-31 in overtime on Saturday.
In putting together that last-second drive, along with touchdown drives of 78 and 91 yards Saturday, Gardner took another step in his development and made the continuing question escalate.
With each successive week and each successive completion, with each good performance and strong drive, instilling confidence in everyone surrounding him, Gardner makes this tougher and tougher. Denard Robinson might not be healthy now, but at some point before the end of this season he likely will be.
So what does Michigan coach Brady Hoke do?
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