Devin Gardner becomes the second University of Michigan quarterback this year to be selected as the Manning Award Player of the Week. Gardner collected more fan votes than seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
Gardner, making his second career start filling in for the injured Denard Robinson, led the Wolverines to a 38-31 overtime victory over nationally-ranked Northwestern to keep the Wolverines in the mix for the Big Ten Legends Division title. The junior connected on 16-of-29 passes for 286 yards and a pair of TDs in the victory; his biggest play came in the final seconds as he connected with Roy Roundtree on a 53-yard pass to set up the game-tying field goal with two seconds to go in regulation. Then in overtime, Gardner ran for his second touchdown of the game to clinch the critical victory.
Amazingly the Detroit product spent the entire season at receiver (collecting 16 catches, including four touchdowns) before stepping into the starting quarterback role two weeks ago with Robinson's injury. Robinson status remains up in the air for this weekend's game against Iowa, meaning Gardner could get another opportunity to lead Michigan in its quest for a Big Ten Championship.