Michigan junior Devin Gardner will start at quarterback today against Northwestern.
This will be Gardner’s second straight start, while senior Denard Robinson continues to recover from a nerve injury in his right (throwing) arm. Gardner threw two touchdowns and ran for another as he led Michigan to a victory last Saturday at Minnesota.
In pre-game warmups, Robinson, wearing a long blue protective sleeve on his right arm, was limited.
Jack Kennedy, a walk-on, appeared to be warming up as Gardner’s backup — he was the backup last week — and Russell Bellomy was the third in warm-ups and then freshman Brian Cleary.
In other news, senior safety Jordan Kovacs will switch from No. 32 to No. 11, to honor the Wistert Brothers. The brothers — Francis, Albert and Alvin — all wore No. 11 while at Michigan. The number was retired but has returned to circulation as a “Legends” jersey.
For more on Robinson’s injury, please read this story in The Detroit News today: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121110/SPORTS0201/211100316/