About six weeks ago, Devin Gardner was all smiles entering into his senior season.
Sitting at a round table surrounded by nearly a dozen media members, the Michigan quarterback discussed his increased chances of winning the Heisman Trophy, the looming rivalry game at Notre Dame and the Wolverines’ passing attack — which he said would be “without a doubt” the best in the Big Ten.
But times have changed.
The Little Brown Jug is one of the oldest trophies in college football.
Recap: The Gophers featured a more balanced attack Saturday en route to a 30-14 victory over Michigan, winning the Little Brown Jug for just the third time in 30 years. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner returned to the starting role after missing last week’s game with turf toe and a left knee injury.
Leidner put together a solid performance, throwing for 167 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for one touchdown.