Devin Gardner Will Lead Big Ten in Passing for Michigan Wolverines in 2013

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As the Michigan Wolverines get set to begin the post-Denard Robinson era in Ann Arbor, Brady Hoke is confident in turning over the reins to Devin Gardner. In 2013, Gardner will take the reins of the Michigan offense and show what he is capable of. With the Wolverines running their offense through him next fall, Gardner will take off and finish the season as the Big Ten‘s top quarterback.

When Gardner took over for Robinson at the end of last season after the senior got injuries, he showed flashes of the ability he will be putting on display in 2013. In five games, Gardner threw for 1,219 yards in an offense that was still largely geared towards a running quarterback like Robinson. Hoke is working on moving the Wolverines offense back towards a pro-style offense that will utilize Gardner’s arm talent more and more next season.

He has the ability to be a 3,000-yard passer and will get the opportunity in Hoke’s offense in 2013. If he can hit that mark, he has an excellent chance to lead the Big Ten in passing next season. Established signal-callers like Taylor Martinez and Braxton Miller rely more on their athleticism to create plays with their legs more than their arms. Looking around the rest of the conference, there aren’t many options for prolific passing offenses or quarterbacks poised to have big years.

Gardner is ready to lead the Michigan offense and as Brady Hoke molds the offense into the brand of football he wants and he will quickly become one of the conference’s elite quarterbacks in the process.

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