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Monday, November 5, 2012
Denard Robinson to split reps

By Michael Rothstein
WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan coach Brady Hoke said on Monday that senior quarterback Denard Robinson is "improving slowly" and that he practiced on Sunday, but Robinson will split reps with Devin Gardner this week in practice.

Hoke also was not sure whether Robinson would be available for Saturday's game against Northwestern. Robinson aggravated the ulnar nerve in his right elbow during the first half against Nebraska on Oct. 27.

Hoke, though, did sound encouraged about how well Robinson is recovering after seeing what he did in Sunday's practice.

"He was able to do everything," Hoke said.

Redshirt freshman Russell Bellomy replaced Robinson against the Huskers but struggled in a 23-9 loss, completing just 3 of 16 passes with three interceptions. Gardner, who moved to wide receiver this season, got the start this past Saturday against Minnesota.

Hoke said last week that he felt Robinson was improving and would play against Minnesota. But the improvement was not enough to allow Robinson to play against the Gophers, causing him to miss his first start in three seasons. Enter Gardner, who completed 12 of 18 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in a 35-13 triumph.

"Devin did a nice job managing the offense," Hoke said. "He made some plays, extended some plays and did a great job in that area. The one pick is one that he'd like back -- we'd all like back -- but I think he learned from it."

Not bad for a player who hadn't played an entire game at QB since he led Inkster High School to the Michigan Division II finals in 2009.

"You just have to be patient and wait your turn," Gardner said.

Robinson was not on the list of players who would be made available to the Michigan media this week. He was not available last week, either.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.