The kid came to play today. He showed some real heart and was the reason we were in the game until the end. He even was playing with one leg and was still fighting through. Thank you devin
Devin Gardner Praise Thread
I love you DG, except when you unecessarily fumble and throw wacky ints.
He gets helmet sticker.
What about when he fumbles the ball after already having a knee down that is invisible only to the referees?
still love him. that call was ridiculous.
No helmet stickers!!!
Played confident and even stepped up into the pocket. By far his best game.
Loved the step up into the pocket on the second-to-last TD pass. Hasn't done that all year.
Was a nice play though.
DG left it all on the field today!
DG just put up the 2nd-best passing day in Michigan history, second only to the Indiana game earlier this year. On one leg.
Against #3 Ohio.
Love that kid, played his heart out and left everything on the field. Great game Devin!!!!!!
That was a hell of an effort. The loss doesn't erase that. DG has been punched in the mouth all year long, and he kept coming back for more...It seemed like he was really getting on guys today - in a good way - too. It was nice to see that leadership.
That was an epic performance.
Big confidence maker.
Great game. Where has that been since ND?
Somewhere under a pile of OLinemen. Gotta give them props in this game too. Finally played like a real line.
He will get healed up and have a huge bowl game in a win over LSU.
he was all heart today.
The B1G needs to explain the instant replay decision.
Anyway, 32/45 for 451 yds., 4 TDs, no INTs, that is one of the greatest individual performances in Michigan history.
Greater than Biakbutuka's individual performance in '95? I don't know, maybe. Put the '95 defense behind Gardner today and we win easily.
He was the man.
Real recognize real.
He played very well, but Hoke...come on, man. You are the home team. Take OT.
Without a reliable FG kicker, going for 2 was absolutely the right call.
No. He made the right call and you're in the wrong thread but im not surprised you would post about that in here.
DG the person and that was a gutsy performance. That said I would prefer he go back to being a wideout and backup next year. His decision making just is not good enough.
Otherwise next year is this year plus one or two more wins.
He threw for 450 yards today!
How many of those yards were after the catch?
Do we want to win a big ten championship? Or just rack up stats and lose all of our close games trying to come back from behind?
Devin will start at QB next year no doubt. I just don't think that it's in the long term best interest of the team. Morris burned his RS barely played and what did it get us? 7-5 that's what.
You believe he can improve upon what DG did this year because...?
on 4th-and-4 and make the first down
That's your take away after one of the best performances ever by a Michigan QB against Ohio State?
DG to WR isn't going to happen, nor should it. Frankly, it seems as if DG just needs some protection and some play calling that plays to his strengths.
His flaws were also on display today. He held on to the ball too long at least once (the sack on the final drive that almost ruined everything), he locked onto Dileo on the final play and did it a couple of times earlier too (nearly threw a pick on the prior drive in the same situation, if you remember) and had a couple of overthrows.
But that kid is a quarterback. Period. He's a smart player. Made a brilliant check at the line worthy of Peyton Manning into a weakside run for Deveon Smith early in the game. Stood in the pocket and took a ton of hits. Made some amazing plays when the initial protection broke down. For the most part, he was accurate (best throw of the day was that bomb that Funchess should have caught). He displayed a big arm too fitting the ball in some tiny windows to Dileo.
Does he need work? Yes. He needs to work on going through his progressions, setting his feet, and being more consistent with his mechanics. But to suggest that he's not a quarterback is a lazy analysis. He's just as far along as many qb's his age.
Great analysis but I think some of his short comings all come from the line problems, the passing play calling and lack of a running game. The jury is still out if Devin can be elite but he shows flashes which as a fan make me hopefull.
Well, I never said he was perfect. My point was simple: with protection and smart play calling, he is fully capable of performing like he did today (the ND game comes to mind, too). Most UM fans would take that kind of play each and every week. However, without those elements to help him...well, we've all seen how the last several games went.
Offensive Line looks like it grew up a bit today also.
He's been playing hurt most of the year and almost pulled off the biggest upset in this storied rivalry's history. I hope he's not too hard on himself about the last play. I'm excited to see what he can do next year with this year of experience under his belt. This game should silence the foolish "Move DG back to WR" crowd
but I have an overwhelming feeling of awe for this team, especially for Gardner, for how hard it fought on the field today. I think of the final scene from Friday Night Lights, where the player comes up a yard short of a game-winning touchdown...heartbreaking but inspiring. Thank you, Team 134. Already looking forward to Team 135. Go Blue!
He made the offense go today. Made big plays at key moments in several drives.
Yes. I said it. Abd mean it.
He is a man's man, and he put on a hell of a show today. Proud to have him as our quarterback, and hope that he's given more of a chance to succeed next year.
but unfortunetely the next year all I'm going to to be seeing in the back of my mind is him throwing that terrible pass for the 2 point conversation.
Didn't have options. Maybe he can escape to his left and pray to get there. Maybe.
I agree. The safety made a good read. It happens. That play has worked more often then not.
Devin was amazing today.
Gardner was great, backs were much better in protecting, interior line got lost on one stunt but was otherwise pretty good in pass protection.
DO THAT MORE
It was an awesome showing.
DG, hats off to him. He was playing on one leg, and almost willed Michigan to a win. Lot of guts and leadership.
I really love DG. Even though he's made mistakes throughout the year, he's put so much heart into every game this year. He's been beaten up yet he still played a great game. You can't ask much more of him, he truly loves his team and his school.
Congrats on this team we have so much to build on and this game gave me some hope for '14. Win the bowl game and enjoy the offseason
He has been a total warrior all goddamn year. Great representative of the team and the school.
Can't wait to see the leap he takes next year.
Great results and grit. What a fantastic game by DG. Hope he heals and kicks the living day light of our bowl opponent.
Had Michigan won that may have gone down as the best performance in the rivalry's history (modern era-post Tom Harmon). I also think that he just took a huge step foward for next year.
When he plays with confidence he's one of the best in the country
fought all year. Now rest, and heal... he deserves it
Not to mention a warrior on the gridiron.
Devin, you deserve all the praise that is given to you. I wish, for both our sakes, that your effort had been rewarded today but alas it was not.
Forever and always,
Showed the poise that he has been missing. Between him and our OL showing up I have hope for the future.
I love his heart, he needs to work on his ball security but he is getting better...
It is so obvious he is extremely beat up. He gave everything today and has all season. Much respect to DG
I personally don't see how anyone can question the heart of Devin Gardner - he went out there hurt and was still producing at a remarkable level. The final line is 451 yards of passing, 32 of 47 or 68.1% completion ratio, 14.09 yards per completion and 9.60 yards per attempt. Through the air, it was good for 4 TDs and 1 INT that really doesn't count (as it came on the 2-point conv. attempt - not officially an INT) . He came to play and he played incredibly well.
32/45, 71% completions, no picks, one completely unbelievable horseshit fumble call that is on the replay official, not Gardner.
Was technically an interception.
You don't count that on the stat sheet, anyway. Check out the box scores.
But you should probably send a letter to the athletic department. This is the official quote from the Athletic Department's article.
"The Wolverines went for the 2-point conversion, but Gardner's pass to Dileo was intercepted. Michigan tried an onside kick, which was recovered by the Buckeyes. OSU kneeled on the ball as time expired."
I think Ace has a great still of his knee clearly being down, which is what every other angle that I have seen shows - there were a few good angles on this really. Yeah, that was a rather terrible call.
Hang on to the ball. Never leave it up to the zebras.
Great game by Devin though.
I have been sickened by some of the comments folks have made about Gardner this year. He's got major flaws but much of his failure has not been his fault. The kid is a warrior, a high character guy and exactly what I want in a Michigan player. I hope some of those trashing him will eat humble pie, or if they don't like the taste, have it forcibly inserted into the opposite orifice.
Devin was Notre-Dame Devin today. I don't where he was all season, but man, when that kid in on, he's on.
I can tell you. He was under the pile of meat of a deconstructed O-line that actually showed up at least in fits and starts today. I'll take him as my QB any day behind a good line.
Great job representing the '98' and a great university.
Really proud of Devin. Hella gutsy, well-played game.
Thank you, Devin. I have no complaints at all on how you played. The one play that would have taken then game didn't happen, but nobody here was even giving you a chance of being in that position.
The second best passing game in Michigan history, with a hobbled quarterback, against an undefeated #3 ranked team. Shame on anyone who criticizes DG.
Yes, it was more heartbreaking to watch than the blowout most were predicting, but I saw four quarters of michigan football, i saw an offense and quarterback that have been battered all season step up and show that they are relavent. I saw a team that shows that with OL growth, this quarterback is among the ELITE in college football.
(I also saw him robbed by the refs on a fumble call)
Thank you, get ready for that bowl game and kick some ass. I hate saying "next year," but you and your team all showed today that you have what it takes to play against anyone. Now let's see some maturity and a great season next year.
He is a man! So proud to see our team fight like that.
Devin was a fucking warrior today. A. Fucking. Warrior. We are lucky to have him under center. Although today came up short, there's lots to be optimistic about for next year. Thanks DG for being nails for us today.
Yes, he was a fucking warrior! There is simply no better way to describe how he played.
It's easy to praise the players on elite teams that just plow opponents. The true heroes are the kids that bust their ass and stay true and loyal in the face of a ton of adversity. DG is a true hero, just as every player has been who has played for this program the last 6 years when it has faced its greatest adversity.
Toughest guy on the field today no question. The offense as a unit played their hearts out today. Tough ending, but they left it all out on the field.
I think Gallon is about 47 yards from all time single season school receiving record held by Braylon.
Will run out of praise for this kid. Especially with all the garbage around him this season. Being put in position to look bad, but leave everything out there. Please give him a capable offense and plan next year. He deserves it.
Proud of DG. Played a near perfect game. Stepped up in the pocket a couple of times even today. Saw him go through progressions a couple times as well. Only complaint is that he didn't go through progressions on the 2 pt conversion, I know it was designed for Dileo but he has to see he's not open. And I'm still not mad about that because he was great today. Anyone saying move hm back to receiver is dumb. When he has time he is a complete Quarterback. And everyone complaining about burning Shane's redshirt you realize he can redshirt anytime right??? He can redshirt next year and still be a 3rd year sophomore like he would be if he redshirted this year. Bellomy can back up next year.
Chantel Jennings says his foot is in a boot. So yeah. Ridiculous effort.
I had a great time watching U-M football this year - every snap. Thank you Devin!
Can't say enough about what a great Wolverine he's been, really throughout his entire Michigan career. Think about all he's given, from waiting for Denard to graduate to changing his position to WR to tolerating all the vitriol from the fan base when he wasn't performing to having the game of his life when he needed to most.
Great kid, gives it 110% even if he makes mistakes sometimes.
I loved the way he was all over Kalis and Funchess for making mistakes on the fourth down play in the second half. That kind of vocal leadership/accountability didn't seem to be there all year. I think the biggest thing working against DG is his psychology--maybe he's turned the corner as a leader.
We saw his great skill, and his drawbacks - too willing to take a sack and never throw it away; forcing pass into coverage; throwing behind people.
But each time he rebounded. What really stood out to me was his unwillingness to accept mistakes. When he got in Kalis' grill and screamed at Funchess for not turning around to the ball in the first half, he was making a huge statement to the team about leadership and accountability.
Amazed at his performance today. His tuck and run, deking out Roby for the first down in the 4th was absolutely amazing, considering he was minus a leg.
the radio that DG wen over to the OL after getting banged up and said he was going to need them. He then proceeded to go out and throw some incredible passes and make a critical first down run...injured and all.
That was an amazing effort.
If it weren't for Devin this year we would've been fucked. I know he's made some bad plays but the kid had to put this offense on his back this whole season. When the kid has some time and a hint of a running game he's pretty damn good. I love Denard but Devin is just as valuable if not more than Denard was. No disrespect to Denard.
Proud of you DG. You played your ass off. Looking forward to seeing you goingRoboHenne in the bowl game after some much needed rest.
He is one hell of a quarterback. If not for him, this would have been a blowout.
Gardner, you are nothing short of a warrior, and you played like one today. You're one hell of a QB. You've got nothing to be ashamed of today.
You made Ohio's pass defense look like a bunch of JV scrubs today. Damn proud to say you're my QB.
One hell of an effort from a quality young man!
Could not agree more. Devin stepped up and came to play. It was inspirational to watch. That is one tough kid.
He had a hell of a game. I hope this helps propel him to be a great QB for us next season. He has the skills now he must get more consistent in the passing game, throw the ball away before he gets sacked for 15 yards and take care of that ball, no fumbles or INTs.
Nothing left to say, everyone has said it. Today we saw the Devin we knew we had! I am looking forward to a great bowl game and a great season next year! Thank you Devin for playing hard every down you were in. I know this wasn't the season you wanted, but you have a lot to be proud about and a lot to look forward to!
are those that actually BEAT Ohio....not come close..we are now 2-12 in the last 14yrs
I think you're in the wrong thread, son
rocks up the highway man. Your not need here.
to say I was hard on Gardner all season. But part of his bad play was on the line the other on Borges for putting him in bad situations. He played absolutely awesome today! Too bad he couldn't wait 2 more seconds for Gallon to get open on that 2pt conversion. Go Blue!
Seems like Devin is taking this loss hard (Telling reporters the loss is on him, it's all his fault for the loss, he'll only remember the interception from this game), but man I hope he can look back at himself one day and be proud. He's bounced back from a lot of adversity and put on an absolute clinic today. I still believe when he's confident and on he's one of the best quarterbacks in the country. To be that amazing quarterback he has to be a little less hard on himself though. A leader takes accountability with his head held high and provides an example of how to move forward. Psychologically berating yourself is different than accountability and leadership.
Anyways, just trying to say you did amazing Devin, I'm personally very proud of you, and if you can keep your head up, stay a good teammate and work as hard as you have been, you'll find a lot of success in life (Hopefully on the football field, but more importantly in your general life)
Because Devin is the QB. He is a leader and competitor. That's exactly what he should say. He wants it on him and wants to lead his team to victory
Never quit, even when hurting. Well done, Devin!
M Go Blue!
One of the all-timers for a QB against OSU. Brilliant.
I do wonder if the UFR will show that the O-line also played miraculously which enabled the offense to be not-awful