Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke has decided that he might split his quarterback out wide this upcoming season. With Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner at quarterback, you’d think that Robinson would be the logical choice. Known as a stellar runner, but a below average passer, you would assume that Michigan would want to get Robinson the ball in space against defensive backs. Instead, it’ll be the 6’4″ 205 pound Gardner catching balls from Robinson.
Michigan also has Gardner taking his regular snaps and quarterback and offensive coordinator Al Borges has maintained that he’s still their number two guy. ”He’s going to be (the) No. 2 quarterback, and then see how things go,” Borges said, when asked about Gardner’s role. “Our approach with Devin hasn’t changed too much. We got to find a way to get him on the field, because he’s got skills that go over and above your average quarterback.”
So Gardner has the skills to make him an above average quarterback, but Robinson is the better of the two making defenders miss when he has the ball in his hands. But as Borges says, the spring is about experimentation. And while I’m all for being creative on offense, the thought process here seems a little backwards.
I would bet Big Ten opponents will enjoy seeing Denard Robinson trying to throw the football to Devin Gardner instead of the other way around.