WR Devin Gardner could get more practice reps at QB if Denard Robinson's injury lingers
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Brady Hoke said he never considered moving receiver Devin Gardner back to quarterback after Denard Robinson was hurt against Nebraska, citing limited practice time at the position.
But the Michigan coach didn't rule out getting him some reps this week if Robinson's nerve issues linger.
"We'll talk about it," he said.
Redshirt freshman Russell Bellomy stepped in at quarterback after Robinson was lost in the second quarter with a nerve injury in his throwing elbow. But he struggled, missing on his first 10 throws and completing only 3-of-16 passes overall.
He played the whole second half, leading Michigan to just 52 yards of offense, and tossed three picks. The Wolverines (5-3, 3-1) lost 23-9.
Hoke said he never considered putting Gardner in at quarterback, even as Bellomy's play eroded.
"No," Hoke said flatly. "He hasn't practiced there a whole lot."
Gardner was the backup quarterback the past two years before making an offseason move to receiver. Hoke said the junior remains the third-string quarterback, although it would have taken an injury to Bellomy for him to play the position against Nebraska.
But Hoke also indicated he hasn't ruled out practicing Gardner more at quarterback this week, especially if Robinson's nerve issues continue to linger. The senior has left two games in three weeks with the injury to his throwing elbow.
Gardner was the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country coming out of Inkster High School in 2010, but didn't play the position much in his first two years with Robinson entrenched as the starter.
He was moved to receiver in the offseason to get his athleticism on the field. He has 16 catches for 266 yards, both second on the team. He's caught four touchdowns, which leads Michigan.
Gardner is 11-of-23 passing in his career for 176 yards, one touchdown and one pick.