Big Ten teams have something else to worry about other than an undefeated Ohio State Buckeye team poised and ready to repeat their performance from 2012. Michigan‘s newly appointed starting quarterback, Devin Gardner, is looking for a medical redshirt that would keep him at Michigan for an extra year.
Yes, an extra year of playing, not sitting out with the redshirt. The junior quarterback is hoping to have his request granted by the NCAA because of back injuries that he suffered as a freshman that limited his playing time.
Michigan did not immediately file for a redshirt because they weren’t exactly sure of which redshirt to be applied.
Early on in the season this would not even be an issue because the Wolverines didn’t realize how valuable Gardner would be come season’s end. The junior quarterback took over for an injured Denard Robinson three weeks ago and has proved to be just what the Wolverines needed to take that next step.
Head coach Brady Hoke hopes to have his new quarterback for an extra season, especially with Robinson graduating this year which would make Gardner the permanent starter for the next two seasons. Hoke is staying positive that his request will be granted.
“I would expect that would go through,” Hoke said. “The documentation and everything is being sent to the Big Ten.”
Gardner has started three games this season, completing 57 of 90 passes for just over 1,000 yards and eight passing touchdowns. He has also rushed for an additional seven touchdowns, giving him 15 in three games.
These numbers should worry the teams of the Big Ten for the next two seasons if his redshirt is granted. A Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Award could be in store for Gardner in the near future.