Gardner to start at quarterback for Michigan

1/1/2013
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Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (12) looks to throw a pass against Iowa during a game this past November.
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (12) looks to throw a pass against Iowa during a game this past November.

TAMPA -- Michigan coach Brady Hoke said today that Devin Gardner will start at quarterback for Tuesday's Outback Bowl against No. 11 South Carolina.

"Devin will be the starting quarterback and Denard will play some quarterback," Hoke said. "Really, how we finished the year and the last four ball games is how we'll play it out."

Gardner started Michigan's final four regular-season games after Denard Robinson suffered nerve injury to his throwing arm in a 23-9 loss Oct. 27 at Nebraska.

The Gamecocks also has a bit of a quarterback controversy, as Dylan Thompson played in place of the injured Connor Shaw (foot sprain) in the Gamecocks' 27-17 win over Clemson on Nov. 24 in the regular-season finale.

"Connor Shaw's been our starter," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. "I've always believed that you should tell one guy it's his game, unless he gets hurt or something goes terribly wrong and you have to make a change. But Connor's been our starter all year and we all feel he's 100 percent healthy. So right now, we're going into it that it's his game."