I posted this under another post but I think it deserves its own. I'm not angry at all about his situation, but hoping to elicit some opinions on how we are handling his development and future because I am a bit confused.
I was a bit surprised to see no sign of Devin Gardner warming up on the sidelines when Denard went down (I know Tate had been warming up before the injury). In fact, I can't remember his name coming up on the telecast nor any mention of him on this board after the game (except a quick shout out from RR in the post-game press conference). It seems that RR has decided to make Tate the #2 QB. I'm fine with this and I think his experience and ability make him a very good back up.
But now, what is Devin Gardner's role on this team? To be a third string, not play, and have no Red Shirt? I cannot remember a top echelon QB recruit who ended up as the 3rd string and lost that year of eligibility. Can you?
The justification for not RS him this year was that he would get valuable experience, or was in fact better than Tate at #2 as a true Freshman. Is that still the case? Do people still buy that?
My main concern is that his place in this program lacks any definition except that he will be the presumptive starter in 3 years (and will only have 1 year to play). Of course, in a football program it's all about working hard and earning time, but I think that maybe we could have handled this a bit better. I think DG has amazing potential, probably the best passer of our 3 QBs. I hope that we didn't waste this season for him.
What are people's thoughts?