Nov. 15, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan football junior quarterback Devin Gardner (Detroit, Mich./Inkster) was named today (Thursday, Nov. 15) as the Manning Award Player of the Week for his four-touchdown performance in Michigan's 38-31 overtime victory last Saturday (Nov. 10) against Northwestern. Gardner received the honor over seven other Manning Award "Stars of the Week" after earning the most votes in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
It marks Gardner's second award of the week after earning Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Monday. In his second career start at quarterback filling in for injured senior quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach), Gardner completed 16 of 29 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed nine times for 47 yards and two touchdowns. He set career highs in pass attempts, completions, yards, rushing yards and total yards (333).
Down 31-28 with 18 seconds remaining, Gardner completed a 53-yard pass to senior wide receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison), setting up a Brendan Gibbons (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) game-tying field goal with two seconds left. In overtime, Gardner rushed for a one-yard touchdown and a 38-31 lead, the game's final score.
Robinson earlier this season was named Manning Award Player of the Week for his performance at Purdue (Oct. 6).
No. 23 Michigan (7-3, 5-1 Big Ten) hosts Iowa (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten) on Saturday (Nov. 17) at Michigan Stadium in its final home game of 2012. Kickoff is set for 12:01 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN. Gardner Selected Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week
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