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Michigan QB Devin Gardner Says He's Been Called The N-Word By Fans 'So Many Times This Year'

Devin Gardner has had to deal with more than pretty much every other college quarterback in the country this season. 

The Michigan QB has been the focus of a ton of criticism centered on the Wolverines, with Brady Hoke's team struggling at 3-4, 1-2 in the Big Ten. 

In an interview with Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News, Gardner spoke of the troubles he's had to attempt to get past. The hate he's received from Michigan fans and others is incredibly appalling. 

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— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner)

Devin Gardner spoke with @chengelis, says he's been called the N-word by fans repeatedly this year ... appalling http://t.co/EnTKsLBfQc

— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 21, 2014

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From the story:

Last season, his first as the full-time starter, Gardner spoke about the hate email and Twitter posts he received. This year has been just as bad, if not worse, and he estimated he's received at least 1,000 negative comments via Twitter and Instagram.

"I've been called the N-word so many times this year," Gardner said. "One guy told me I was the N-word, and said I know N-words can't play quarterback. And I was like, are we not past this? Say what you want about my skill, but come on."

Michigan isn't winning games and Gardner hasn't played too well, so criticism should be expected, but the hate the quarterback has received is clearly unacceptable. 

Gardner and the Wolverines face Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. Saturday. The game is set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. 

[Detroit News]