Well, two seasons at most for the now-redshirt junior, because he has the talent to become a top draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Gardner has gone through an up-and-down career at Michigan that has included being the backup to Denard Robinson for two seasons and then becoming a wide receiver.
He began to 2012 season as a wide out and caught 16 passes for 266 yards, leaving many people to believe he would end his career at that position and have a slim chance at the NFL.
However, due to an injury to uber-talented Denard Robinson, he started the last half of the season and passed for 1,219 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions while going 3-2 as the starter, including a bowl loss to South Carolina.
With talented and highly-touted freshman quarterback Shane Morris coming in for the 2013 season, he will be expected to redshirt as Gardner takes the helm for the next couple of seasons. He has big shoes to fill, as Robinson was one of the most celebrated quarterbacks in school history.
He has, however, shown flashes of brilliance, especially in his third start in 2012 against Iowa, which he passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns in a blowout of the Hawkeyes.
With two more seasons in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines may have one of the best starting quarterbacks that they’ve had in a long time.