The Michigan Wolverines’ Bye Week Helped Devin Gardner

Rick Osentoski – USA Today Sports

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner seems to have escaped whatever funk he was in for Michigan’s first four games.

They played a struggling Minnesota Golden Gophers team. The team went 4-0 before beginning Big Ten play and then losing their last two games to the Iowa Hawkeyes and now the Wolverines. The big question for the Wolverines coming off a bye week and going into Big Ten play was whether or not Gardner would use the bye week to his advantage and come back playing up to his potential. He did just that.

Gardner played well against the Gophers, which has to be a relief for the Wolverines. He had worse games this season against worse teams, like the Akron Zips and Connecticut Huskies. Gardner had turned the ball over a combined seven times against the Zips and the Huskies. His performance against Minnesota on Saturday was not spectacular, but it more than got the job done, especially since he didn’t have a turnover in the game. Gardner had previously been on a streak of 25 games in which he had at least one turnover.

Gardner completed 13 of 17 passes for 235 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions. He also rushed for a touchdown but only had a total of 17 yards rushing for the day.

The Wolverines need to keep it up if they want to continue to compete in the Big Ten. They did what they were supposed to do and beat a team they were supposed to beat, and not in the final seconds of the game. If Gardner can continue to play up to his potential and not struggle with turnovers, then the Wolverines could very well be competing for a Big Ten title this year.

 

Jenna Aquino is a Big Ten Football writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook, or add her to your network on Google.

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