Devin Gardner threw six interceptions as Michigan split its first four games of 2014.
Ann Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) -
Devin Gardner will return to the starting quarterback position for Michigan when the struggling Wolverines take the field Saturday at Rutgers following a tumultous week for the program.
Head coach Brady Hoke confirmed Gardner's re-insertion atop the depth chart after the fifth-year senior was benched in favor of sophomore Shane Morris for last week's game against Minnesota.
Morris sustained a mild concussion during the Wolverines' 30-14 loss but was allowed to return to the game despite not being cleared by the team neurologist, a decision that has drawn heavy criticism upon Hoke and athletic director Dave Brandon from the media as well as Michigan students and supporters of the program.
What a mess in Michigan
Brandon Lawrence, Assoc. Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Oh, how the mighty can fall.
Last weekend, during Michigan's 30-14 loss to Big Ten Conference opponent Minnesota, Wolverines sophomore quarterback Shane Morris was blasted by Gophers defensive lineman Theiren Cockran following a rollout throw. The hit to Morris' chin knocked him immediately to the ground and caused some visible damage to the quarterback, who got up slowly and seemed to stumble while making his way back to the huddle.
After remaining in the game for one more play, Morris needed the assistance of several players to get off the field back to the sideline.