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07/30/14 - Michigan's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 4. QB Devin Gardner, RS Senior...With an inconsistent-at-best run game last season, Michigan relied heavily on the passing game and Gardner stepped up with 60.3-percent completions, 2,960 passing yards and a 21-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio. But while the production was encouraging, his tape isn't as positive with a number of streaky tendencies that need improved in 2014 for him to be considered a viable draft pick. Gardner has NFL arm strength and the ball appears to jump off his hand, but his upper and lower body mechanics are a mess and he often releases while off-balance, causing his ball placement to end up all over the place.
He holds the ball too long and has struggled in the past with anticipating the rush and not recognizing his keys to find favorable match-ups downfield. 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 (17 catches, 268 receiving yards and four touchdown grabs in his career). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/06/14 - Michigan seemed shaky in its spring finale. The Wolverines, coming off a 7-6 season, struggled to open holes for their running backs and couldn't keep Devin Gardner comfortable in the pocket. When Gardner did have time to throw, he simply wasn't sharp. It looked a lot like last year. Gardner, entering his fifth season, started the scrimmage by throwing an interception to Jourdan Lewis and finished it with more incompletions than completions. Gardner took the first snap into his end zone and floated a pass short of his intended target, freshman Freddy Canteen, who had gotten behind Lewis. "It was a miscommunication," Gardner said. "I thought he would flatten out and he thought he would go over the top. I wasn't mad at him because I knew he would come back and make a play, which he did." Gardner connected with Canteen for what appeared to be a 40-yard pass later during a scrimmage in which statistics were not provided. - AP Sports
02/27/14 - Devin Gardner seems like a man on a mission. After breaking his foot in Michigan's game against Ohio State at the end of the regular season, Gardner wasn't expected to be at full-strength when Michigan opened its spring practice, but there he was, practicing without limitation. He also finds himself in the midst of a quarterback competition, which Gardner welcomes, but he's not about to give up his job just yet. "I'm a competitor, I'm going to compete and they'll pick the best quarterback when it's time," Gardner said after practice on Tuesday. "(But) I'm the quarterback of the team."
Gardner's competiton includes Shane Morris, who started Michigan's bowl loss to Kansas State, as well as Russell Bellomy and Wilson Speight. Morris is probably seen as the biggest threat to Gardner in the competition, but I have a hard time imagining anybody else under center for the Wolverines against Appalachian State in August. Unless Morris has a transcendant spring, or Gardner gets hurt, I don't see Brady Hoke going with anybody but his most experienced option in what will be a very important season for him and his team. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
02/04/14 - Hoke: Michigan QB job up for grabs in spring...Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner returns next season after starting all 12 regular-season games in 2013, but there is no guarantee that he will keep the job. Coach Brady Hole told reporters this week that he plans to open up competition at the position, beginning in spring practice on Feb. 25. Gardner and sophomore Shane Morris appear to be the two candidate who will vie for the job. Gardner will be restricted during the spring because of a foot injury that occurred during the Wolverines' regular-season-ending 42-21 loss to Ohio State and kept him out of the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in December. Gardner threw for 2,960 yards and 21 touchdowns with 11 interceptions last year, but the Michigan offense had trouble moving the ball in losses to Michigan State and Iowa. Morris started the bowl game and passed for 196 yards and rushed for 43 in a 31-14 loss to Kansas State.
"I thought (Morris) did a really good job of being composed," Hoke told mlive.com. "He did a great job with his preparation and I thought he represented himself well in that game. I think he probably surprised some people with how athletic he is. ... He surprised me even a little bit. "The way he prepared I thought was really good. The way he performed, first time out being the starting quarterback, (was really good). Are there things he needs to do better? Yes. Are there things he did well? Yes." Other possible quarterback contenders are Wilton Speight, an early enrollee, and Russell Bellomy, who missed the 2013 season with an ACL injury. The Wolverines finished 7-6 last season. - The Sports Xchange
12/26/13 - Michigan freshman quarterback Shane Morris will start in place of Devin Gardner in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Gardner sustained a turf toe injury in the Wolverines' final regular-season game against Ohio State and showed up in Arizona wearing a protective boot. Coach Brady Hoke announced Thursday that Morris will make his first college start against Kansas State after Gardner was unable to practice Wednesday. Morris played in three games this season, attempting nine passes. He sat out most of his senior season in high school because of mononucleosis. As a result of Gardner's injury, Morris has worked with Michigan's first-team offense leading up to Saturday night's bowl game in Tempe. - AP Sports
12/11/13 - Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is bothered by turf toe, and the Wolverines want to get him some rest. Coach Brady Hoke says Gardner didn't practice Tuesday. Gardner has plenty of time to recover before Michigan plays Kansas State on Dec. 28 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Gardner limped to a news conference with a protective boot on his left foot following Michigan's one-point loss to Ohio State in the regular-season finale Nov. 30. Hoke says he's not going to speculate about how long Gardner will sit out. Bowl practices are now a chance for backup quarterback Shane Morris to get more reps. - AP Sports
12/05/13 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Devin Gardner,...Has been selected All-Big Ten Honorable Mention for the 2013 college football season as voted on by a select Big Ten media panel and honors teams. - Michigan football
12/03/13 - Michigan coach Brady Hoke says he expects quarterback Devin Gardner to return next season and anticipates retaining all of his assistant coaches. Hoke spoke to reporters Monday at an event to promote the National Child Identification Program. Gardner was granted a fifth year of eligibility because of a back injury he had as a freshmen after he played sparingly.
Hoke says he plans to evaluate the entire football program, including his staff, as he does after each season. The Wolverines closed the regular season with a 42-41 loss to Ohio State on Saturday, failing to convert a 2-point play with 32 seconds left. Michigan finished the regular season with a 7-5 record, and a fifth-place finish in the six-team Legends Division, after a 5-0 start. - AP Sports
11/16/13 - Devin Gardner scored on a 5-yard run to lift Michigan to a 27-19 triple-overtime victory over Northwestern on Saturday after the Wolverines' Brendan Gibbons tied it with a 44-yard field goal at the end of regulation. Gardner scored on an option and ran it in on the two-point conversion to make it an eight-point game.
Northwestern had one more chance, but Trevor Siemian got sacked for a 14-yard loss by Jibreel Black on second down. Then, his desperation pass on fourth down got intercepted by Thomas Gordan, giving the Wolverines (7-3, 3-3 Big Ten) their second win in five games and sending the Wildcats (4-6, 0-6) to their sixth straight loss. - AP Sports
11/04/13 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 10 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: QB Devin Gardner, Michigan...After an eye-opening start to the season, including five total touchdowns in the win over Notre Dame, Gardner looked like the quarterback that was going to return Michigan to the National Title discussion. But despite 25 total scores already this season, it's clear that he isn't quite ready for the national stage and that was evident on Saturday against Michigan States' No. 1 ranked defense. In his defense, Gardner received little help from his offensive line and the play-calling was curious in several situations. But his poor timing and anticipation caused hesitation, making it tough for him to identify his keys and pull the trigger.
Gardner too often dropped his eyes and struggled to feel the action around him, holding the ball too long and relying on his legs to get him out of trouble. Like Logan Thomas, he is extremely gifted, but he still has a long road before Gardner is ready for the next level. But unlike Thomas, Gardner has another year of eligibility to fix the glitches. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com