Hoke Says Gardner ‘Full-go,’ Talks Peppers

Michigan coach Brady Hoke updates the status of quarterback Devin Gardner and Jabrill Peppers. Gardner also chimed in on his health during Monday’s press conference festivities.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- If Michigan is to have any hope of beating Michigan State on the road Saturday, a healthy Devin Gardner is more than necessary.

After exiting Michigan’s 18-13 win over Penn State for two series in the third quarter at home back on Oct. 11, Gardner was seen in a walking boot, noting after the game he was excited for the timing of the Wolverines bye week.

Now Monday of a game week as Michigan prepares to head to East Lansing, it appears Gardner will be ready to go against the Spartans as he previously predicted he would, walking without a boot on his foot at Monday’s media availability.

“I felt like I was pretty healthy to practice last week,” Gardner said. “But they wanted to pull me out and I got a chance to get a lot of mental reps and things like that.

”But I practiced yesterday fine and I feel like I’m right where I was before the injury.”

Michigan coach Brady Hoke said the Wolverines practiced Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, adding Gardner participated fully in Sunday’s padded practice.

“He was full-go,” Hoke said.

Peppers’ Status

Michigan has been without the services of true freshman cornerback Jabrill Peppers four games this season.

Peppers suffered an injury in the season opener against Appalachian State, that forced him to miss the Notre Dame game and has not been on the field since Michigan’s 26-10 home loss to Utah.

Asked about the status of Peppers and whether or not he practiced with the team Sunday, Michigan coach Brady Hoke gave this response:

“We had a good practice,” Hoke said. “We had a good practice; good practice. He (Peppers) practiced well too.”

If the last part of Hoke’s answer is true, the possibility of Peppers playing Saturday at Michigan State would be out there, assuming the New Jersey native is actually practicing with the team.

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