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Devin Gardner will start for Michigan in Outback Bowl

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer
In four starts, Devin Gardner totalled 1,082 yards and 15 touchdowns. (US Presswire)

It doesn't come as much of a shock, but Michigan coach Brady Hoke announced Monday that when the Wolverines' offense hits the field in the Outback Bowl on Tuesday, it will be Devin Gardner lined up under center. However, that does not mean Denard Robinson won't see some time at quarterback.

"It's how we've ended the year," Hoke said. "Devin [Gardner] will be the starting quarterback, and Denard will play some quarterback. Really, how we finished the year and we played the last three ballgames, four ballgames, is how we'll play it out."

Gardner took over for Robinson after he was injured against Nebraska and played pretty well for the Wolverines over the final month. Gardner won his first three starts with Michigan and averaged 38.3 points per game before finishing the regular season with a 26-21 loss against Ohio State.

As for the plans for Robinson, Hoke said that Denard would see time at quarterback and elsewhere on offense, leading to this exchange with South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier:

“Yeah, probably,” Hoke said. “Everything else is possible with him, athletically. He won't punt.”

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier asked: “Kickoff?”

“Not very good at that, either,” Hoke deadpanned.

There is no word on whether Hoke and Spurrier plan to take their comedy act on the road.

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