Found March 05, 2013 on
Fox Sports Detroit:
Michigan just added a top player for the 2014 football season.
No, not a high-school recruit -- signing day for that class is almost a year away.
The "new" player is starting quarterback Devin Gardner, who found out Tuesday that his application for a medical redshirt for his freshman season has been granted. That means Gardner goes into this fall as a redshirt junior, not as a senior. He took over the starting job in the middle of last season after Robinson injured his passing elbow, winning his first three games before losing to Ohio State and South Carolina.
"I feel great about it," he said in a video released by the Michigan athletic department. "I'm happy that I'll be able to help this team as long as I can. I can't think about 2014 right now, though. We've got the 2013 season to play before that."
With Denard Robinson gone, Gardner was already taking on more of a leadership role during offseason workouts.
"I'm usually pretty quiet, but I'm having to change that," he said. "I've had to be more vocal when we've been lifting -- I'm now one of the older guys who has to explain to the kids what it means to be a Michigan man."
Gardner started his freshman year competing with Robinson for the starting quarterback job, but Robinson earned the spot while Gardner missed much of the season with a back problem. After a lengthy appeal process, Gardner now gets retroactive credit for that season.
That's great news for the Wolverines, who now hope to have two years to groom Shane Morris to be the quarterback of the future. Gardner, though, joked that he wasn't sure how offensive coordinator Al Borges was going to take the news.
"I'm sure Coach Borges is probably going to be pretty disappointed that he'll have to deal with me for an extra year," he said with a grin. "I guess I'll have to give him a call."
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
MAKE IT LAST
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner was granted an extra season of eligibility because of medical hardship from the 2010 season.
The Michigan Wolverines got some great news today as their starting QB Devin Gardner was granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA. Coming out of high school, Gardner was ranked by Scout.com as the #5 QB in his class and was given the prestigious five star ranking.
Gardner debuted for Michigan in 2010 as the Wolverines had a crowed...
News broke Tuesday out of Schembechler Hall that Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner has been granted a medical hardship allowing him two more years of eligibility in the Maize and Blue.
Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke, Wide Receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski, and former safety Jordan Kovacs all starred in this commercial that aired during the Michigan-Michigan State game on the scoreboard. They did a good job making fun of Hoke’s lack of knowledge of social media and his interests, while still getting the point across. Denard Robinson is one of the two finalists...
Former Michigan LB, Kenny Demens is hard at work at Performance Enhancement Professionals in Scottsdale, AZ preparing for Michigan’s pro day. He took time out of his busy schedule to join GoBlueWolverine’s Sam Webb on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA earlier this week to discuss his training, his thoughts on the promising futures of Joe Bolden, James Ross, Chris Bryant, Drake Johnson, and more.
Michigan Wolverines Senior Night @Buccigross
Senior Night is an emotional night for everyone involved. The coaches lose the men and women they’ve coached for four years and the fans lose the players they’ve cheered and jeered for their entire collegiate careers. However, Senior Night is most important to the players involved.
In some sports (football and basketball), its difficult...
John Beilein met with media during his post-game press conference after Michigan’s 80-75 win over Purdue in West Lafayette. You can watch using the embedded media player below or read selected notes and quotes after the jump.
Opening statement: “I think I said to our press last week that one of the keys to winning on the road is at least get off to a good start. I thought...
John Beilein joined the rest of the Big Ten coaches on the weekly teleconference on Monday morning. You can read selected notes and quotes from the call below.
On Nik Stauskas’s health: “I have no update yet. He wasn’t fine, he had a pretty good gash over his eye, and it was pretty swollen when he left (the arena). I have no update I can share with you yet, let’s just...
Mitch Mitch McGary reflects upon Michigan's gritty 58-57 victory over Michigan State. The freshman big man discussed his tough "gritty not pretty" play, His offensive aggressiveness, the collective defensive improvement, and much much more.
Michigan’s teetering Big Ten title hopes were rejuvenated on Tuesday evening as Ohio State won at Purdue. Michigan has to win at Purdue and against Indiana on Sunday to claim a share of the title for the second consecutive year.
The Indiana game will draw the headlines but tonight’s match-up at Purdue won’t come easy. The Wolverines have lost four consecutive...