Wolverines coach Brady Hoke said Monday that the university has applied for a medical hardship waiver that would grant Gardner a fifth year of eligibility. According to Hoke, everything should be in line for the waiver to be approved as well.
“I would expect that would go through,” Hoke said. “I think all the documentation and everything is being sent to the Big Ten.”
Gardner, a junior, has played quarterback for U-M the past four games after Robinson, a senior, suffered nerve damage in his throwing elbow. Gardner played sparingly as a freshman in 2010, recording stats in only two games before sitting out for the rest of the year with a back injury. He played wide receiver this season in order to get on the field and has 266 yards and four touchdowns.
But Gardner’s done a nice job in the past month filling in for Robinson. He’ll be the favorite to be Michigan’s starting quarterback in 2013, and probably in 2014 as well assuming the waiver is granted.
If the waiver is approved, Gardner will have two more years of eligibility remaining.