Michigan and South Carolina will ring in the new year by doing what they did in 2012: playing more than one quarterback in a game. In Michigan’s case, perhaps at the same time.
Brady Hoke confirmed Monday what was generally expected: that Devin Gardner would start against the Gamecocks, but that Denard Robinson would see playing time.
“Devin will be the starting quarterback and Denard will play some quarterback. It’s really how we finished the year, the last four ballgames,” Hoke said.
Gardner filled in for Robinson against Nebraska when the longtime starter suffered an elbow injury. Since then, Gardner, who should be in line to receive a fifth year of eligibility, has accounted for 15 touchdowns. Robinson has played as more of a true athlete, rotating among quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions. Robinson hasn’t attempted a pass since injuring his elbow, but with the long layover, it’s more than possible Michigan could incorporate that back into its play calling.
Meanwhile, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier also confirmed that Dylan Thompson will play but that Connor Shaw will be the starter. Thompson, like Gardner with Robinson, has filled in for Shaw this year when Shaw has been banged up.
(Hat tip: Mlive.com)