The fifth-year senior was named to the Davey O’Brien award watch list today, which is given annually to the nation’s top college quarterback since 1981.
At 6-foot-4, 218-pounds, Gardner is coming off a foot injury suffered in the second-half against rival Ohio State last season. The Wolverines would go onto lose, 42-41, after deciding to go for a two-point conversion and the win with seconds remaining in the game. Gardner would throw interception on the failed attempt, finishing the season 7-5 as a starter. Despite the loss, Gardner completed 32-of-45 throws for 451 yard and four touchdowns adding one more on the ground. He was not able to play against a Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Bowl in late December.
This marks the second award Gardner has been nominated for this season. He was named to the Maxwell Award watch list last week, which is given annually to the nation's most outstanding player.
Gardner is coming off an honorable-mention All-Big Ten season, where he totaled 32 touchdowns and over 3,000 all-purpose yards. A highlight to note, he broke Michigan’s single game total yardage record when he totaled 584 yards in a victory over Indiana, 63-47.
Gardner will look to become the first Wolverine signal caller ever to win the award.