Per Steven J Nesbitt via MGoBlog Twitter from Hoke's presser today.
"Devin Gardner redshirt status: "I would expect that would go through." Documentation is being sent to the Big Ten"
This is tremendous news!
After seeing recent rulings by the bodies that govern these decisions I'll remain skeptical until it's confirmed. Logic doesn't always rule the day.
the mistakes of Tate Forcier and bad judgement of Rich Rodriguez should not cost us a 5th year of Devin Gardner.
...I'll take it today...anything to block out all the Domers and Buckeyes around me at work.
close your office door and let them whoop it up in the bull pen.
Just pay for your pizza, and they'll leave.
and they'll stop & your cholesterol will improve.
WOAH WOAH. MSU has the second best hospitality management program in the country. Can we make the food service thing a joke over there?
The OSU connection is just that sometimes a truck arrives with more frozen patties for the Spartans to flip.
Any indication why the program has waited to apply to the Big Ten until now? At first I understood that you had to wait until the end of the fourth season to apply, but I think that idea (common around these parts for a while) has been debunked.
Strangely enough, it seems like the Michigan coaching staff was under the same misapprehension and only recently realized they didn't have to wait.
Even stranger still was the fact it was the last 2 coaching staffs that thought this.
Often times it is submitted earlier, but not actually granted until there is no eligibility remaing.
Cool. I hope this pans out. It will be nice to have that extra year, not just because he's a great player, but it gives us depth, something that was beginning to look like a problem going forward.
I was wondering how Cam Newton's college career progressed. Seems like he was a late bloomer who had that one amazing season when his opportunity arrived. I think Gardner could be nearly that good (if they can find a decent running game). And he's already a better passer than Vince Young ever was, although not as fast.
And just why the hell after that last game a 5-star RB would not want to come here is beyond me. Derrick Green could probably start Game 1 of his freshman year.
Fred Jackson had a MGoBlog account
Gardner has had a few nice games against unprepared opponents with questionable defenses. Let's not shoot down the path of 'like Cam Newton but more accurate than Vince Young' just yet.
Gardner is Mike Vick fast but with a bigger arm than Elway and smarter than Brady./
Just speculating on the Cam Newton comparison, more because Cam seemed to come on late and was suddenly winning the Heisman. NOBODY could have seen that before that season. So, it can happen. Big, strong, mobile, great intangibles. Gardner could be a major star, especially if he gets two more years.
As far as the Vince Young thing, no speculation: Gardner is already a better passer than Vince Young ever was. That being said, VY did destroy Michigan and Texas in consecutive Rose Bowls with his best play being basically the broken play/scramble. Two of the best games by a college player ever.
UM and USC*
Fred Jackson would use Michigan players for comparison, wouldn't he?
Something like: Devin Gardner is like Chad Henne except fast.
No, like Tom Brady, but faster than Denard!
I think he is a better comparison than VY or Cam. I don't think DG is quite as fast or elusive as those 2
Do we know when the decision will come down?
The end of a mystery wrapped in a riddle?? Let's hope so. Great news if true.
POS BANG TIME!
i'm due for a pick-me-up!
Wow, something even more positive. This would be great .
I moderate Hoke's comment as "Interesting."
Hours later, I moderate your post as "Informative!"
Well this is greaat NEWS! 2014 is looking very bright
I can't wait for this question to be answered once and for all...how many Discussion topics were directed towards this?
Good. I want an extra year of Devin making defenses look ridiculous.
On a related note, does anyone know how the word 'redshirt' came about? I know that quarterbacks usually wear a red colored jersey to indicate their 'don't hit status', but I wonder if incoming freshmen used to wear them as well back in the day to indicate their status.
You answered your own question. I believe redshirts were used by coaches during practice as an easy way to indicate which players would not be eligible for competition.
Warren Aflson from Nebraska was the first player to use it in 1937. Nebraska used White jerseys for the first team (starters/regulars) and Reds for the second team (scrimmage players).
Just imagine Devin playing in 2014 as a RS Sr with a Rs So Morris backing him up.
shane will only be a redshirt freshman in 2014
but I can't see Morris being a redshirt anything. We now know how having only two QB's prepared for games works after the Nebraska loss, I don't see this staff playing that game again. I think Morris is the number two QB on the depth chart next season.
You can still prepare a guy to play but keep him on the sideline. You always need two quarterbacks to play, because no quarterback takes every snap - whether it's because of injury, blowout wins, blowout losses, etc. But sometimes the third guy to play in a blowout can be a walk-on, like Jack Kennedy or Alex Swieca.
If Gardner gets his redshirt, there's really no reason to play Morris as a true freshman. You just make him the #3 QB and if a dire situation arises, you burn his redshirt.
Give Morris some practice reps so he can come in if needed, but don't burn his redshirt just to play him in garbage time.
Redshirt Freshman in 2014
EDIT: WOOO REDUNDANCY HERE'S A GIF PARTY ON WAYNE
Sure wish we would've seen that on 4th and short (and 3rd and short) on Saturday. Maybe it worked too well every time we ran it previously.
he's the best weapon we have, and in 2014, in his last regular season game, he doesn't end up watching from the bench because the coaches can't figure out how to get him onto the field.
Wrong thread, guy. This is a happy place.
i know, i realize that.
i'm just never going to be able to forgive the coaches for sending denard like that.
this thread, that thread, doesn't matter. the kid that took us out of the dark ages, both with his athletic talent and his attitude, sat and watched the 4th quarter of the biggest game of the year from the bench.
The only possible comment to this would be a picture of Devin Gardner doing his Mr. Burns celebration with the meme caption "eeeeexcellent."
...But I'm too lazy for that kind of thing.
If he's trolling me...
Bellomy beat out Gardner in spring practice, or was at least good enough that they felt comfortable with moving Gardner to receiver. I still think there were some injury issues with Bellomy and the change in playcalling from Devin to Bellomy won't be so massive as from Denard to Bellomy either. I suspect Bellomy will be the backup next year unless Morris is so good that he forces his way on the field as the starter.