It was obvious from Devin's performance today why the coaches wanted him. Several very nice plays, and he obviously has tons of potential. That being said, Brian's analysis was correct, and I would venture most feel the same. What struck me was the difference between Devin this year and Tate last year in the spring game--in comparison, Tate looked like an incoming senior in last year's game, and Devin was definitely a true freshman. Now Tate has had the advantage of strong coaching all his life prior to college, so this analysis definitely is no knock on Gardner. But I hope Devin redshirts, especially given the improvement from Denard. And I see no reason to burn his redshirt, barring injuries this season.
Gardner's performance today.
HEY! This is a new idea that has never been talked about before.
Yeah, but this is the first time most people have seen extended non-highlight footage of Devin. So it's at least fair to discuss.
The FNL videos of Gardner weren't highlights. They were every play he was involved in... which usually looked highlight films because he's goodt.
Yea, he just needs to take a year to grow, and to change his throwing mechanics.
QBs work all off-season on improving mechanics, and then when they get to the regular season, and start playing in meaningful games they revert back to poor habits at the first sign of trouble.
Take a year to practice, learn the new mechanics, and, most importantly, give him time to forget the old mechanics.
Couldn't agree more.
I can't count how many guys have done things "the wrong way" right into a Hall of Fame.
If he gets the ball to the receivers I couldn't care less about his mechanics.He seemed to have plenty ability to do just that.
The only thing he seems to be lacking(judging by today)is experience.
I'll have to watch it again...And again...And again...
But my impression was that any problems he had were due to bad decisions(nerves,inexperience,etc).He seemed to have plenty of velocity and accuracy for the most part.I don't recall many passes that were off the mark.
that made you scream, Obi's Int, but then made a couple plays that got you excited for the next 5 years(yes, I said 5 years).
He should be great with a couple years of solid coaching.
... poise, balance, and when he runs, quicker than you think.
Devin is the total package; the only thing he's missing is experience.
True, but Devin Gardner throwing six touchdown passes and running for three more against the Buckeyes would do the trick.
I was left fairly excited about the possibility of our O-line coming together which I believe keys the offense's ability to gel. I was left fairly meh about the other two components of the team. Still, the game got me fired up by what next year might bring and hope has been in short supply at my household lately.
Freshman Gardner made freshman Forcier look like Joe Montana. Garner could be very good some day. Right now he looks terrible. If he sees the field this year, it will be in the turnover prone tailback/arm punter role Robinson filled last year. Stop sugar coating it.
The real question is: what kind of Hellen Keller miracle worker QB camp did DRob sneak off to this summer? I can hardly believe he is the same player. The coaches should really be commended. He just may save Rodriguez's job.
but he was by no means terrible
Agreed his athleticism and scrambling ability is already very good. Just need to work on his throwing motion and get him some experience. Than people will stop calling him the next Vince Young and start calling Vince Young a poor mans Devin Gardner.
We discuss Gardner red-shirting all the time
but if we redshirt, "The President" (Kennedy) would be our 3rd string, correct? If so, I am perfectly fine with that
I'm assuming C. Jones is going to redshirt this fall.
it was clear that devin was thinking too much. he really looked like he was trying to figure out what the offense dictated that he do in each situation and therefore was reacting slower. he looked a lot like denard did at the beginning of last year. the big difference with denard now is that the offense looked to be second nature to him. he was doing, not thinking. i wouldn't mind seeing a tate/denard rotation in the fall...
I don't think DG looked nearly as bad as a lot of people did. After a couple of early freshman bonehead plays, he settled down and played quite well. I thought he was deceptively fast; he covered a lot more ground than it looked like he was.
I would love to see RR have the luxury of redshirting DG, but somehow I don't think it's gonna happen. At any rate, after the last two years, too many good QB's is a great "problem" to have.
I wish I could of been there today. I wanted to go up there so bad but I had an early job interview and I need a job to get money to GO to the games. I really would of love to see his running skills and scrambling. Thank god I'll be at the Joe today though!
The problem is the defense looked extremely suspect.
(btw, DG redshirts unless there's an injury.)
You can just see all the talent he possesses but he definitely needs a redshirt to work on the mechanics.
CORRECTION: oops, didnt realize the fiancee had logged on and accidentally posted under her account.- goMichblue
Man does Denard look much improved out there, more poised in the passing game plus a serious improvement in the accuracy department. It looks like he was checking down to open receivers instead of just taking off like last year.
We need two options at the position and from an early spring look, we may have it.
I'm still betting on Tate to start against UCONN, a year of experience/starting and all that competitiveness/toughness can't be counted out.
From where I sat, I thought Devin looked pretty decent for spending a small amount of time in the program. He obviously has a major up side and with a few years of coaching will be an impact player. A little early for the Vince Young comparisons though.
is the future. IMO, he'll be the starting QB in '11 season. Unless Tate or Denard sets the world on fire at QB, Devin has reportedly looked real good in practice.
He showed flashes of brilliance and at times, he looked like a freshman which he is.
He made throws that Denard nor Tate can't make on a consistent basis. He runs very smooth and looked effortless doing it. Very reminiscent of Vince Young only a better passer. The future is very bright for DG.
The one advantage that they say Devin has, is that he is a tireless worker. Constantly trying to improve his game, body, study film, etc. and he is a quick learner with proper coaching. The mechanics issue highlights that, as his mechanics improved a lot being at the summer workouts and camps and from the QB coaching he received.
Obviously, people have pointed out that his mechanics did degrade as the season continued, but with college coaching and constant work, he will be quick to change and improve all aspects of his game.