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Devin Gardner | Quarterback

Team: Michigan Wolverines
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/14/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that the 2014 season "has been a disaster" for Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner as an NFL prospect.
In his most recent dud, Gardner completed 15-for-30 passes for 125 yards, two interceptions and a fumble lost in Saturday's loss to Michigan State. "Gardner showed poor vision and pocket presence, struggling to figure out the Spartans' defense pre and post snap," Brugler wrote. "He made head-scratching decisions that resulted in multiple turnovers and his ball placement was all over the place, pushing his TD-to-INT ratio this season to 6-to-10. Gardiner has gone from possible development prospect to camp arm and possible wideout convert during the pre-draft process." Oct 28 - 6:38 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner will start against Michigan State following the off week, head coach Brady Hoke announced.

Hoke added Shane Morris is healthy, so it is interesting Gardner is still getting the nod. Morris replaced the senior but promptly suffered a head injury and Michigan's handling of the situation was widely scrutinized. Michigan State's defense is talented at multiple levels, and Gardner has shown little talent this season.
Oct 15 - 12:34 PM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner completed 16-of-24 attempts for 192 yards, a touchdown and an interception in a win over Penn State this weekend.

Michigan snapped a three-game losing streak and saved Brady Hoke's job for at least one more week. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Gardner, one of the most maligned prospects in the nation this year, was given a middle round grade from NFL scouts over the summer, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline. In September, however, Pauline wrote that "at this point no one can argue he deserves to be drafted."
Oct 13 - 1:35 AM

Mlive.com reports that Michigan HC Brady Hoke could plan to use Michigan senior Devin Gardner "a tad differently" versus Penn State.

"As coaches, you look and you see 'well, maybe this is the kind of quarterback we need to have,' " Hoke said Wednesday night on his weekly radio show. "And do some things, maybe, a tad differently but still (within) the framework of the offense." Last season in Michigan's 43-40 four overtime loss at Penn State, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Gardner rushed 24 times for 121 yards. In his career at Michigan, When Gardner rushes for 45 yards or more, Michigan is 6-1.
Source: Mlive.com
Oct 9 - 3:21 PM

Michigan senior Devin Gardner will start at QB against Rutgers.

Gardner was replaced last week by Shane Morris, who then suffered a mild concussion along with a high ankle sprain. Neither quarterback has played well, which is a shame for receiver Devin Funchess.
Source: ESPN
Oct 1 - 2:13 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner "has been terrible this season."

"The fact he was benched against Minnesota forced the issue but the bottom line is Gardner has been terrible this season," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Gardner "was given a middle round grade from scouts who view him solely as a quarterback at the next level yet at this point no one can argue he deserves to be drafted," according to Pauline. The Wolverines' prospect doesn't look like a future NFLer at the moment.
Sep 29 - 3:13 PM

Michigan HC Brady Hoke declined to name a starting quarterback on Tuesday.

This is getting a little awkward. Hoke said Monday that he would name a starting signal-caller for Saturday's game against Minnesota on Tuesday, but he reversed course one day later and decided not to. This can't be seen as good news for senior QB Devin Gardner, who completed 14-of-26 attempts for 148 yards and two interceptions in a loss to Utah on Saturday. It's entirely possible that Hoke has decided to name sophomore Shane Morris as the new starter and doesn't want to give the Golden Gophers advanced notice of the decision. Hopefully Saturday's starter has been named at least privately, because Gardner should be shifted to wide receiver immediately if his time under center is over. Such a move would keep his NFL's dreams flickering.
Sep 23 - 9:40 PM

NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks writes that the hype surrounding Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner "has subsided."

That's an understatement. Gardner completed 14-of-26 attempts for 148 yards and two interceptions in a loss to Utah on Saturday, and has posted a 0/5 TD/INT rate in Michigan's two games against quality opponents this year (the other being Notre Dame). Michigan HC Brady Hoke is currently contemplating who will be his starting quarterback against Minnesota on Saturday. Frankly, sophomore Shane Morris looks like the Wolverines' best bet at the moment. "It was only a year ago when some in the NFL community felt like Gardner had the potential to develop into a franchise quarterback," Brooks wrote. "However, the hype surrounding the senior quarterback has subsided after watching him become a turnover machine in critical moments for the Wolverines. The turnovers not only killed the Wolverines' chances of holding off a feisty Utah squad, but it continued to spotlight the concerns about Gardner's judgment and accuracy from the pocket."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 22 - 9:18 PM

According to Mlive.com, Michigan HC Brady Hoke will decide on Tuesday who will be his starting quarterback for Saturday.

When asked on Monday if he knew who would his starting QB would be this Saturday versus Minnesota "We'll make a decision (Tuesday)," Hoke said Monday afternoon according to MLive.com. "We'll make a decision tomorrow." The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Gardner has played well in Michigan's two wins, which were blowouts wins over Appalachian State and Miami(OH). In both of the Wolverines losses to Utah and to Notre Dame, Gardner did not pass over 190 yards, while throwing zero touchdowns and five interceptions. The Wolverines' prospect doesn't look like a future NFLer at the moment.
Source: Mlive.com
Sep 22 - 3:15 PM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner completed 14-of-26 attempts for 148 yards and two interceptions in a 26-10 loss to Utah on Saturday.

Gardner has played stellar in Michigan's two wins -- blowouts over patsies Appalachian State and Miami (OH) -- and horrific in the school's ugly losses to Notre Dame and Utah. He didn't exceed 190 passing yards in either of the latter two contests, posting a hide-the-women-and-children 0/5 TD/INT ratio. Quite simply, Gardner isn't being seriously discussed as a draft possibility at the moment.
Sep 21 - 10:27 PM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner completed 13-of-20 attempts for 184 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 34-10 win versus Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

He added six carries for 25 yards. This is Gardner's second straight dud performance (he completed 19-of-32 attempts for 189 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions in a 31-0 loss against Notre Dame in Week 2). On Saturday, he played without injured TE Devin Funchess. Gardner doesn't look like a future NFLer right now.
Sep 14 - 11:59 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks called Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner a "turnover machine" and believes he hurt his draft stock in an ugly loss to Notre Dame last weekend.

Gardner completed 19-of-32 attempts for 189 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions in a 31-0 drubbing. "The Wolverines' senior quarterback teases NFL scouts with his size, athleticism and talent, but it's hard to endorse his pro prospects when he continues to be a turnover machine from the pocket," Brooks wrote. "Gardner committed four turnovers against Notre Dame and couldn't find a way to guide the Wolverines to a score. Sure, Gardner didn't get a lot of help from his teammates, but NFL evaluators expect elite quarterback prospects to find a way to get things done when others are struggling. While it's not fair to pin all of the Wolverines' struggles on Gardner, the fact that he wasn't able to turn around his team's fortunes in a big game will lead some scouts to downgrade him on his overall performance." One wonders if Gardner would retain the respect he possesses if Devin Funchess hadn't been around the past few years.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 9 - 6:04 PM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner completed 13 of 14 attempts for 173 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 52-14 win over App State.

With only one incompletion, it was one of Gardner's best performances of his career. However, he still dropped his eyes on occasion to find operable space rather than stay poised and patient in the pocket. He will likely rely on massive receiver Devin Funchess all season. We would too.
Aug 30 - 4:58 PM

Michigan head coach Brady Hoke expects senior QB Devin Gardner to begin the season as starter.

"I would expect him to start on the 30th (against Appalachian State)," Hoke said. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Gardner completed 60 percent of his passes last year, throwing for 2,960 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Inside of those numbers were plenty of highs and lows: Gardner had a 503-yard day against Indiana, a 451-yard, four-touchdown performance against hated Ohio State, and a 97-yard nightmare versus UConn. Michigan’s new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier might be more comfortable with Gardner's experience than tossing out sophomore Shane Morris. "I feel like I’m ready to be the starting quarterback at Michigan, definitely," Morris said. "But Devin’s also a great quarterback and he’s been here a long time and we’re both pushing each other to be the best we can be."
Aug 12 - 8:19 PM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner has gained 16 pounds and currently weighs 220.

Per Bruce Feldman, Gardner says offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier's system is "a lot more simple" than Al Borges'. 2013's scheme was partially to blame for Gardner taking 34 sacks last season. "Last year, 'hots' weren't really a big deal, but now it's a really big deal," Gardner added. There are great flashes in the quarterback's game, but he has a long way to go.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 1 - 10:58 AM