There was a lot of hype surrounding Michigan Wolverines’ quarterback Devin Gardner entering the season. Gardner played very well filling in for Denard Robinson down the stretch during the 2012 season and was expected to carry that into the 2013 season.
Things didn’t go as planned.
Gardner did not have the year he expected, completing 208 of 345 passes for 2,960 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Plus, the Wolverines finished just 7-5 after a 5-0 start, including a 29-6 loss to the rival Michigan State Spartans and a 42-41 loss to the hated Ohio State Buckeyes.
On Monday, Hoke attended a joint effort involving the UAW and Ford and the American Football Coaches Association and was asked if Gardner would return for his final season in 2014.
“He’ll be back, oh, yeah,” Hoke said via Angelique S. Chengelis of the Detroit News. “No (we haven’t talked), but he’ll come back.”
Gardner has actually played all four years at Michigan, but was granted a fifth year of eligibility in March because of a back injury he suffered during his freshman season back in 2010.