Not so unexpectedly, Michigan is going back to its recent past at the most important position on the field.
Wednesday, embattled UM head coach Brady Hoke confirmed Devin Gardner will get the start at quarterback for Saturday’s game against Rutgers. Prior to being benched in favor of Shane Morris in the loss to Minnesota last week, Gardner had started 16 of the previous 17 games for the Wolverines.
In his four starts this season, Gardner has thrown six interceptions against just five touchdowns. In a pair of 2014 starts against Power Five teams, Gardner has tossed five picks and zero touchdowns.
Morris suffered a concussion and lower-leg injury in his first regular-season start after Gardner was benched. It was the former injury and the football program’s botching of it that led to calls for both Hoke and athletic director Dave Brandon to be fired.
Hoke has defended the handling of the situation, while president Mark Schlissel apologized and admitted that the situation wasn’t handled properly. In the wake of the fiasco, UM is reviewing its injury protocols, particularly as it relates to head injuries, although no sanctions from the Big Ten are expected.