Fill-in Michigan QB Devin Gardner named B1G co-offensive player of week
Michigan's quarterback has been named Big Ten player of the week again.
Only this time, it wasn't Denard Robinson.
Junior receiver Devin Gardner, who has started two games at quarterback while Robinson is sidelined with an injured nerve in his throwing elbow, was named the league's co-offensive player of the week.
He shared the award with Wisconsin tailback Montee Ball.
Gardner accounted for four of Michigan's five touchdowns in Saturday's 38-31 overtime win against Northwestern, and was the impetus for the Wolverines' two late comebacks.
He engineered back-to-back scoring drives of 78 and 91 yards to erase a 10-point second-half deficit, tossed a 53-yard pass to Roy Roundtree to set up the game-tying kick with 2 seconds left, then ran for a game-winning 1-yard touchdown in overtime.
Gardner finished 16-of-29 passing for 286 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for 49 yards and two more scores.
He is 2-0 as Michigan's starting quarterback, although still is expected to return to receiver when Robinson is cleared to play.