Outback Bowl will be showcase for quarterbacks

Outback Bowl will be showcase for quarterbacks

USC Starting Quarterback Connor Shaw USC Starting Quarterback Connor Shaw

By FRED GOODALL
AP Sports Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - South Carolina's Connor Shaw and Michigan's Devin Gardner will start at quarterback in the Outback Bowl, however that doesn't mean Dylan Thompson and Denard Robinson won't play meaningful roles in the New Year's Day matchup.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier reiterated Monday that Shaw will be under center after sitting out his team's regular season finale against Clemson, a game in which Thompson made his second career start and showed he's more than capable of running the offense and winning games.

Wolverines coach Brady Hoke, meanwhile, is sticking with the plan Michigan has followed since Robinson injured his right elbow in late October, with Gardner playing quarterback instead of receiver and Robinson primarily contributing in ways that doesn't require him to throw the ball.

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