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Michigan's Hoke expects Gardner to get 5th season

Associated Press Modified: November 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm •  Published: November 26, 2012

Robinson did get the ball on perhaps the pivotal play of the game and got stopped for a 2-yard loss on fourth down near midfield. That ended Michigan's first drive of the second half when it led 21-20 after Hoke called timeout to think about whether to fake a punt or to go for it.

"The only thing I wish I wouldn't have done was call the timeout," Hoke said.

Robinson took the blame for the result of the play.

"I've got to come a little tighter and then get outside a little more," he said Saturday. "I made a bad read on that run and that's my fault."

Other than wishing he didn't call a timeout in that situation, Hoke insisted he didn't have any regrets about how Gardner and Robinson were used at Ohio State.

Michigan (8-4) dropped one spot to No. 20 in this week's Associated Press college football poll and will have to wait for the results of Saturday night's Big Ten championship game, in which Nebraska plays Wisconsin, to get some clarity for its postseason plans.

The Wolverines will work out but not practice this week in part because they don't know when or against whom they'll play next.

At some point soon, Hoke said he will talk to offensive tackle Taylor Lewan about his future, which might include skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Hoke said he and Lewan are waiting to get a response from the NFL's draft advisory board that provides juniors with an estimate of where they might be selected if they make themselves eligible to be drafted.

Will Hoke advise him to stay or go?

"I want to gear the young man into what's the best for him," Hoke said.


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