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