Gardner granted medical hardship, two more seasons at Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Devin Gardner will be in Ann Arbor a little longer.

As expected, Michigan announced Tuesday the quarterback was granted a medical hardship, and gains an extra year of eligibility in the process.

"I feel great about it. I'm happy to be able to help the team as long as I can," he said in an interview posted on the team's website.

In 2010, Gardner appeared in three games as a true freshman before injuring his back and ending his season.

After Denard Robinson went down with an elbow injury last season, Gardner moved from wide receiver and took over at quarterback.

In 13 games, he flourished in the role, passing for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions. He started five games behind center, and in total, rushed 47 times for 101 yards and seven touchdowns.

"When you get a year older, you get an opportunity to prove yourself," Gardner said.

The team sent in paperwork late last year to allow Gardner to return for two more seasons. They've gotten their wish.

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