Quarterback Devin Gardner is Michigan’s best hope for a berth in the Big Ten championship game. It’s been ten years since the Wolverines won the Big Ten, and the pressure is mounting on Brady Hoke to lead his “Michigan Men” back to national prominence.
While backup Shane Morris filled in admirably during Gardner’s absence late last season, offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier needs an experienced quarterback to run his offense.
Gardner (208-of-345 for 2960 yards, 11 interceptions and 21 touchdowns) had solid numbers last year but four November losses ruined any chance to play for the Big Ten title.
After last season’s 7-6 finish, Michigan has very little room for error. This season, Michigan is on the road for all three of its rivalry games, in addition to a prime-time night contest at home versus Penn State.
Here is what Devin Gardner needs to do for Michigan to win the Big Ten.
All season statistics from mgoblue.com, official University of Michigan athletic department web site.
Phil Callihan is a featured writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotations in this article were obtained via Press Conferences or in person.