One of Michigan's athletic-department officials helped clear a path through reporters so that quarterback Devin Gardner could hold court on the other side of the media room.

It might be the best blocking Gardner gets all season.

From all indications, Gardner has maintained his hold on the Wolverines' starting job following 15 spring practices that ended Saturday before an estimated crowd of 15,000 at Michigan Stadium.

Gardner entered the spring with questions surrounding him. Would he be healthy enough to compete after a foot injury hampered him late in the season and forced him to miss the bowl game?

What's more, can he hold off the competition from Shane Morris, who started the bowl in his place as a true freshman, not to mention 6-foot-6 newcomer Wilton Speight?

Gardner needed to make a statement over the last month to secure his role.