Michigan's Devin Gardner wins 2nd straight B1G offensive player of week award
Little surprise here: Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner has won his second consecutive Big Ten offensive player of the week award.
Gardner accounted for touchdowns on Michigan's first six drives in Saturday's 42-17 rout of Iowa. He was 18-of-23 passing for 314 yards, three touchdowns and one pick, and also ran for 37 yards and three more scores.
He joined Steve Smith as the only Michigan players to score six touchdowns in a game.
Gardner also shared the award last week, meaning he's been the league's top offensive player in two of his three starts while filling in for the injured Denard Robinson.
Robinson has won the award nine times himself, which ties former Wisconsin tailback Ron Dayne for the record. He's also won the award at quarterback this year, giving Michigan two quarterbacks who have earned the league's top weekly offensive award in the same season.
“That’s pretty cool," offensive coordinator Al Borges said last week, after Gardner won his first league offensive player of the week award. "That’s a pretty good deal to have two kids that can fill the position and produce. Some (teams) don’t even have one. I’ve had years where I didn’t even have one. So yeah, that is a neat thing. Makes you sleep a little better.”
Linebacker James Ross also was recognized by the Big Ten, sharing the league's freshman of the week award with Northwestern's Dan Vitale. He had a career-high 12 tackles while starting for the injured Desmond Morgan.