Originally posted on The B1g Time  |  Last updated 3/5/13

Devin Gardner is penciled in as the starting QB for the Michigan Wolverines in 2013, however, he was expected to be a one-and-done at the helm of the program as he entered his senior season, but earlier today it was announced that Gardner has been granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA for injuries suffered during his freshman season. 

Gardner saw action in parts of three games during his freshman campaign in 2010, but suffered a season ending back injury and never saw the field again that year. As a result of that the NCAA granted him the extra year and now he will be around for the next two years in Ann Arbor. 

That's good news as Gardner got better as he became more entrenched at the QB spot following the elbow injury that sent Denard Robinson to the RB/WR spots. Overall last season Gardner was 75-126 for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns to 5 interceptions. He started the final five games of the season at quarterback after playing wide receiver earlier in the year, but clearly took to the position, winning Big Ten Player of the Week honors twice in 2012.

This news has to be a welcome comfort to a program adjusting to life post-Denard and will allow them to continue to build some depth and experience behind Gardner the next two seasons. Michigan kicks off spring drills on March 16th, so look for our preview to come soon! 

 

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