ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Gardner was ready when it was time for him to move from wide receiver back to quarterback, his natural position, after an elbow injury knocked Robinson off the field last season.
He flourished in his first three starts under center in wins over Minnesota, Northwestern and Iowa before getting shut down in a setback at Ohio State and slowed down by South Carolina in a loss at the Outback Bowl.
If Gardner can lead the Wolverines to a victory over Notre Dame, it would be his top accomplishment as a college QB and it sounds as if he can’t wait for what he called a big game on the biggest stage in college football.
“It’s what every quarterback dreams of,” he said.
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