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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Michigan offense and its quarterback haven't been in a good place its past two times out on the field.
On Wednesday, the usually confident Devin Gardner admitted that he allowed some of the defensive pressure to get to him and, by extension, the entire Michigan offense.
"Maybe getting down on myself, as far as that goes, that kind of deters your focus a little bit," Gardner said. "When you beat yourself up about bad decisions."
Those bad decisions were a result of him getting away from his fundamentals, but during the Wolverines' bye week, Gardner returned to the basics to try and get back into his rhythm -- one that looked good when Michigan ran over Central Michigan in the season opener and put away Notre Dame the following week.
"He has been really conscientious," coach Brady Hoke said. "Stepping through throws, getting his hips turned, all those things that you do as a quarterback, the timing of the drops compared with the routes, all those things, I think he has really done a nice job through all last week and yesterday."
But it's not just a new and improved Gardner that Hoke hopes is on display Saturday in the Big Ten opener against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Hoke also announced that if the Wolverines were to play today he would move left guard Graham Glasgow to center to replace four-game starter Jack Miller, while also bringing in Chris Bryant to left guard. Hoke said Bryant has been competing for time all season but a nagging knee injury as well as a small shoulder injury had held him back.
The rest of the line (Taylor Lewan at left tackle, Kyle Kalis at right guard, Michael Schofield at right tackle) would remain the same.
"I think trying to put the best five on the field is always the biggest challenge," Hoke said.