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10/08/14 - Hoke: QB Gardner Michigan's starter...Once considered the future of the program at quarterback, fifth-year senior Devin Gardner will be the starter for the present, beginning with Michigan's game Saturday against Penn State. Head coach Brady Hoke said Monday that Gardner earned the nod with his play in a loss at Rutgers. "I think as we continue, Devin will be the guy who will start. I think he had a good football game," Hoke told MGoBlue.com, Michigan's official website. "He did a lot of good stuff from playing the position of quarterback to his leadership. And I thought that was evident on the sideline. When the defense was out there after him and Nuss got together and did what they needed to do, he's one of the first guys up there cheering those guys on. And I think that's something that's special. But Shane (Morris) will be second, and then we'll go from there."
Morris' medical status is uncertain. He is with the team but after the team confirmed the sophomore had a concussion and high ankle sprain two weeks ago in the much-discussed loss to Minnesota that has some fans calling for his job. Gardner entered the loss to the Gophers in the fourth quarter. Saturday at Rutgers, he had two rushing touchdowns and went 13 of 22 for 178 yards and an interception. - The Sports Xchange
10/01/14 - Michigan's Hoke to start Gardner at QB...Michigan coach Brady Hoke, still reeling for allowing quarterback Shane Morris to return to the field after he showed symptoms of a concussion, moved Devin Gardner back into the starting role Wednesday. Hoke said he takes responsibility for communication issues that allowed Morris back into last Saturday's game -- a 30-14 loss at home to Minnesota that dropped the Wolverines to 2-3. But Hoke reiterated that it's not his decision to determine when players are healthy enough to play. He declined to clear up any discrepancies between his account and a statement released by athletic director Dave Brandon at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday. "When you're a leader you have to take responsibility," Hoke said. "I take responsibility for our student-athletes, and I take it for their health and welfare."
Gardner, a redshirt senior, will start at quarterback against Rutgers on the road Saturday night. He had started 16 consecutive regular-season games before last week. Morris, who suffered a high-ankle sprain in addition to the head injury Saturday, wasn't listed by Hoke as an option for Saturday. Contradicting comments from Hoke made on Monday, Brandon said in a statement sent past midnight Tuesday that mistakes were made in Morris' "probable, minor concussion." "Shane came off the field after the following play and was reassessed by the head athletic trainer for the ankle injury," Brandon said. "Since the athletic trainer had not seen the hit to the chin and was not aware that a neurological evaluation was necessary, he cleared Shane for one additional play." Hoke said Wednesday that he still has a strong relationship with his boss. - The Sports Xchange
09/12/14 - Devin Gardner threw three touchdown passes to Devin Funchess in the first half and Michigan went on to rout Appalachian State 52-14 in the season opener on Saturday, seven years after being on the losing end of perhaps the biggest upset in college football history. The Wolverines coasted to victory after Gardner threw TD passes to Funchess on their first two drives, and connected with him for a third score late in the first half to give them a 21-0 lead. The Mountaineers matched Michigan's game-opening TD the first time they had the ball in 2007 and in a closely contested game, they became the first second-tier program to beat a Top 25 team after blocking a field goal as time expired. There wasn't much drama in the rematch. Next week, though, might be suspenseful when the Wolverines go to Notre Dame. The prime-time game will be the last scheduled matchup between the rivals because the Fighting Irish opted out of the last three games of their contract. - AP Sports
08/11/14 - 2014 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCH LIST: Devin Gardner, Michigan...In his career, Gardner, who has graduated with a bachelor's degree in Afro-American and American studies and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program, is 301-of-504 passing for 4,440 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 658 yards and 20 touchdowns on 244 carries and caught 17 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns. - Michigan football
07/31/14 - 2014 PRESEASON DAVEY O’BRIEN AWARD WATCH LIST: Devin Gardner (Michigan, Senior)...In his career, Gardner, who has graduated with a bachelor's degree in Afro-American and American studies and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program, is 301-of-504 passing for 4,440 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 658 yards and 20 touchdowns on 244 carries and caught 17 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns. Gardner is one of five quarterbacks from the Big Ten Conference on the watch list. He is the fifth Wolverine to be included on watch lists for at least two national awards so far this preseason, joining wide receiver Devin Funchess, defensive end Frank Clark, linebacker Jake Ryan and defensive back Blake Countess. - Michigan football
07/31/14 - 2014 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Devin Gardner, Michigan, Quarterback, Senior...Gardner earned All-Big Ten honorable mention last season after accounting for 32 touchdowns and more than 3,000 all-purpose yards. He broke U-M single-game records for passing yards and total offense yards by piling up 503 and 584, respectively, in the 63-47 victory over Indiana. He finished the season 208-of-345 passing for 2,960 yards, the second-highest single-season total in U-M history, and 21 touchdowns and rushed 165 times for 483 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In his career, Gardner, who has graduated with a bachelor's degree in Afro-American and American studies and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program, is 301-of-504 passing for 4,440 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 658 yards and 20 touchdowns on 244 carries and caught 17 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns. Funchess and Gardner are two of 10 from the Big Ten on the watch list, and Michigan's two selections are tied for the most of any Big Ten school. - Michigan football
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