Already expected to play this weekend against the Gophers, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was confirmed as the team's Week 10 starting quarterback by head coach Brady Hoke on Thursday.
"Yeah, we feel real good," Hoke said on 97.1 The Ticket's "Stoney and Bill" show, as reported by Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press. "He’s gotten better each day, feels better each day. It’s a little bit of a different injury, but it’s come back this time a little slower. But he feels good."
Devin Gardner and Russell Bellomy each shared snaps while Robinson's status was up in the air this week, although Hoke still did not specify which player would get the call if D-Rob re-aggravates the injury mid-game. Bellomy appears to have the inside track despite his *ahem* poor performance against Nebraska, but the fact that Gardner actually saw snaps under center over the last few days bodes pretty well for his chances too.
"What we’re trying to do is get Devin caught up a little more with some of the things," Hoke said. "We wanted to get him a little more entrenched. If it was going to be between him and Bellomy, it definitely would be a competition for who played the best."
Robinson may not need to be at his best for the Wolverines to pull out a win against a lackluster Minnesota defense, and there's a good bet that either Gardner or Bellomy could see a few snaps if the game gets out of hand. Even though it would be great to see him under center, the smart money is on Gardner returning to his receiving duties and entering the day as Hoke's No. 3 guy.