The Wolverines won three straight after losing Robinson during the first half of a 14-point loss to Nebraska on Oct. 27, the last time the dual threat quarterback threw a pass in a game. He sat out the following two weeks, before contributing as a runner and receiver the final two games of the regular season.
---University of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson
"Really how we finished the year ... the last three of four ball games is how we'll play it out," Hoke said, adding that Gardner will start and Robinson, who has thrown some since the Wolverines arrived in Florida to continue preparation for Michigan's 42nd bowl appearance, will play "some quarterback."
"Everything is possible with him," Hoke said Monday.
"We're going to try him in a variety of different roles. We'll see what he's capable of, but he's had a month to heal," offensive coordinator Al Borges added. "He'll be involved, that's for sure. He's throwing the ball better all the time."
Both teams have prepared for the prospect of facing two quarterbacks.
Hoke said Shaw and Thompson both have demonstrated they can be effective for South Carolina, noting that the Gamecocks have continued to be successful despite losing star running back Marcus Lattimore to injury.
"You look at the body of work with the offense; they lost a tremendous running back and were able to put a couple of guys in there that run the ball hard and do a nice job within the offense," Hoke said. "I think quarterback-wise, Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson are both very good quarterbacks. In their big rivalry game they don't have Shaw and Thompson goes in and wins ... on the road."
South Carolina feels the same way about Gardner and Robinson, who's thrown for 1,319 yards and nine touchdowns, while rushing for 1,166 yards and seven TDs this season.
The Michigan senior needs one passing TD to become the first player in Big Ten history to throw for 50 TDs and also rush for 40.
"He's a great athlete. A great playmaker. We're going to try and contain him and limit what he does," Gamecocks linebacker Shaq Wilson said. "It's a headache for the defense. I'm excited. I like a great challenge, and all my teammates like a great challenge."