Brady Hoke stated earlier in the week that Devin Gardner would need to return to practice before Christmas in order to play in Michigan’s postseason game. The former didn’t happen, so the latter won’t either.
Late Thursday morning, Hoke confirmed that Gardner will not start in Saturday’s Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl game against Kansas State. Not only will the quarterback not start, he won’t see the field at all due to a lingering foot injury.
Hoke said that “doctors [are] worried about broken bones possibly in his foot.” Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com is reporting that Gardner “broke his left foot” during the regular season-ending loss to Ohio State but played through the injury.
Gardner is expected to be healthy enough to participate in spring practice.
With Gardner officially sidelined, Shane Morris will make the first start of his collegiate career this weekend. The true freshman, a four-star member of the Wolverines’ 2013 recruiting class, has played in just two games this season. He’s attempted nine passes, completing five for 65 yards and an interception.
In addition to Gardner, kicker Brendan Gibbons did not travel with the team due to family reasons and will not play in the bowl game. Matt Wile will handle the kicking duties in Gibbons’ absence.