here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
Devin still might be able to EE!!!!!!!
Allen Trieu of Scout posted an interview with an Inkster teacher. Basically the teacher said that the school felt that they couldnt hold Devin back and that he is such a good kid. The board held a special meeting and approved his graduation. The ball is now in M's court.
I'm disturbed knowing that males can get excited over pretty much anything - a young man enrolling in college early, for instance, or bathroom tile. And I'm sure I don't even know the half of it. This blog keeps me on my toes, for sure.
edit - see some of the last entries or this will make no sense.
Sorry, did you want to take a trip to bed, bath, and beyond so you can get excited too?
Stay away from that Beyond section...
Behold the boundlessly limited female worldview...
Thanks you, because I am now going to very boring party, and I will have the memory of this thread to get me through.
I lovingly caressed it, stared at it, wet my finger and rubbed it, and then spent half the freaking summer installing it on my kitchen counter.
You are a real boner sinker...
Sitting, or standing?
And here I thought the "EE!!!!!!!" thing had something to do with Barwis.
Devin is a great kid and it's going to be great to see him on campus....Fall can't come soon enough
I really wish we had some defensive recruits enrolling early. Specifically CC, MRob, and to be greedy another safety. C'est la vie.
to get here early to be able to begin absorbing the play book, get into Barwis shape, and start getting some reps. If that can happen then I do believe he will get at least some playing time this fall and can help the team..
If Gardner plays, that means that Tate and/or Denard have faltered horribly or have gotten injured. If they stay healthy and progress the way that is normal for sophomore QBs, Devin Gardner will redshirt, get Barwisized, learn the playbook, improve his mechanics, and mature. That's the best possible thing for him and for the team. The last thing RR needs is having to start a pure freshman QB for the third year in a row. And if Gardner isn't starting, it would be absolutely crazy to burn his redshirt simply for mop-up duty in blowouts. Let's all be patient and look toward 2011-2014 for Devin.
Based on what little tape I have seen of him, I am inclined to agree with you. He looks raw.
What we do not know, at this point, is his learning curve. If he can learn the offense and outplay Forcier and Denard, he should play.
The rational observer in me knows that he could really use a year on the bench, and that a year at the back end of his college career would be much more valuable...
But then I watch this:
And the irrational fan in me reeeeeeally wants to see him on the field...
The one thing that makes that position a little less irrational is that DG has experience running the zone read already, which is something that Tate didn't have much of before he came. As much as Tate is clearly a better passer, I really wonder how much better Tate will be by the start of the season at making those reads, because let's be honest here for a minute, Tate had A LOT of missed reads on the zone read this year. Basically one of those learning curve type things where since DG has experience in it already he'll pick it up faster.
Tate ran a zone read in HS.
I was under the impression that Tate ran some zone read plays in HS in an offense that was much more spread pass oriented, whereas DG ran offense that is much more similar to what we currently run. My recollection on that could be wrong though. I apologize if it is.
The best player should play, of course.
But, if Tate is not the best player, I'll be disappointed in his lack of improvement. He was light years ahead of DR last year, and from what I've seen, way ahead of DG too.
You win...+1 for you.
This is the absolute truth. We should all be hoping for Tate to take a huge step forward. Our offense was borderline explosive last year, and a reasonable improvement is expected. Tate did OK when he was injured. If he gets better, we'll be great.
I am very pumped for Devin, but I'm most excited for him to redshirt, absorb the offense, and Barwiscize (did anyone claim that term, yet?) In 2011 and 2012 he'll play regular snaps and claim a real piece of our NC.
"Devin Gardner will redshirt"
This memo hasn't reached UM's coaches.
he will push hard for the starting position? Not being combative, just curious. I know in the past you were higher on him than most.
I've never said or thought that he'd beat out Tate and Denard for the starting position. But he brings a physical presence to the table that neither Tate nor Denard can.
I don't have a crystal ball, so who knows what will happen in the spring, summer and fall, but I know for a fact that the UM coaches recruited Devin with the thought of him playing next season. If he gets in early, the chances of that happening only increase.
are creating a hostile blog environment for nose-pickers.
Anyway, in the worst case, this will enhance DG's capacity for dealing with difficult people. (Since he has such a well-established work ethic, it won't matter that dreg roommates will make the film room look more inviting by comparison.)
Well this is just the cats pajamas.
the bee's knees.
to see him play spring ball. I know everyone was excited to see Tate play for the first time in the spring, and if DG comes he should be fun to watch. After that, we shouldn't see him on the field for a while. A redshirt should be in his future.