Sep 21, 2013; East Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies linebacker Yawin Smallwood (33) forces the fumble as he sacks Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) in the second half at Rentschler Field. Gardner recovered the ball. Michigan Wolverines defeated the Connecticut Huskies 24-21. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan coach Brady Hoke confident Devin Gardner will snap out of slump

Though he has the Michigan Wolverines at 4-0, there’s been a lot of concern in Ann Arbor these past few weeks about the play of quarterback Devin Gardner. After lighting up Notre Dame for 294 yards through the air and 82 on the ground, Gardner has struggled mightily, committing seven turnovers in a two-game span and not even breaking 100 yards passing against Connecticut.

However, Michigan coach Brady Hoke is confident that Gardner will turn his game around for conference play, saying the quarterback is “too intelligent not to work his way out of whatever funk he may be in” (USA Today Sports). Said Hoke:

He’s pretty confident. I think fundamentally it’s some of the footwork issues we need to make sure we’re doing a good job with and I think at the same time it’s him getting back in the saddle a little bit and stepping up in the pocket a little bit more and throwing the football.

Gardner will have a chance to redeem himself when his Wolverines take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in two weeks. Minnesota is 98th in the nation in terms of stopping the pass, but they are far stouter when it comes to stopping the run, only yielding 102.75 yards per game. The game will be broadcast on ABC and will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET.

[Source: USA Today Sports]


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