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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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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

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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."
Sep 22 - 9:18 PM

According to, 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 "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.
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'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.
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

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes it's possible that Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner "will be evaluated at a different position with his size and athletic profile."

"Gardner has the athleticism to scramble and pick up yards with his legs, but his poise and pocket presence is lacking at this point and he needs to do a better job working around the noise while keeping his eyes downfield. Without improvements as a passer this season, it's very possible Gardner will be evaluated at a different position with his size and athletic profile," writes Brugler. The 6-foot-4, 218 pound Gardner was productive last season completing 60 percent of his passes, throwing for 2,960 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. While Gardner has the arm strength for the next level, he'll have to work on his mechanics to make it at the next level. In 2012 Gardner played wide receiver for the first half of the season, in his career he has a total of 17 catches, 268 receiving yards and four touchdown grabs for the Wolverines.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 26 - 11:21 AM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner is prepared to compete with sophomore Shane Morris for the starting job.

"I've proven I can throw for 500 yards. I've also proven I can throw for 97 yards," Gardner said, referencing a 503-yard day against Indiana last year and a 97-yard nightmare versus UConn. Gardner said the Wolverines will be a better running team under new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who spent the last two seasons at Alabama. "He doesn't settle for anything but the best. He simplifies things so the offensive line and running backs know their assignments a little better," Gardner said. "It's going to look similar. Inside (the team) it's a lot different, a lot of different terminology, but to you guys on the outside, it won't look much different. We're going to run the ball better, though."
Jul 12 - 8:37 PM

Michigan HC Brady Hoke told Campus Insiders senior QB Devin Gardner wants to improve his weekly preparation.

Hoke notes that Gardner prepared pretty well last year, but noted Tom Brady's speech a few months ago hit home for the (likely) starting quarterback. The head coach previously stated he will name a top quarterback early in fall camp, and it is currently a "great competition." Gardner is battling sophomore Shane Morris.
Jul 8 - 11:04 AM

Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke said he'll name a starting QB "early in fall camp."

"Even though we have a starter coming back, I think that’s a great competition," Hoke said. "At the end of the day, somewhere early in fall camp, I think that position will be secured by one guy." The 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior Devin Gardner is currently in the fight of his life attempting to fend off sophomore Shane Morris in the open competition. "[Someone] who will go out there and lead this offense and lead this team," Hoke said. "But, at the same time, having [depth] if a guy gets dinged up, or a guy isn’t having the day he wants to have or we want him to have. There’s an opportunity for the next guy to come in, and that’s what’s been great [about this]."
Jun 28 - 2:47 PM

Michigan senior QB Devin Gardner completed just two of 10 pass attempts for 53 yards during the Wolverines' spring game.

Forty-four of those yards came on one play. Meanwhile, sophomore Shane Morris, a challenger for starting QB duties in an open competition, completed five of 11 attempts for 73 yards. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Gardner is going to have to pick up his game by this summer, or he'll be holding a clipboard during his last year of eligibility.
Apr 7 - 12:32 AM