You're thinking of the UConn game.
Hoke Expects Devin Gardner Redshirt
I don't know man. I specifically remember Tate playing in a game in 2010 and limping a lot in it.
In the UConn (first) game, Tate was in the doghouse. Gardner played -- I think -- one series with no passing attempts when Denard got banged once. Denard went the rest of the way.
In the Bowling Green (Sept. 25) game, all three played. Denard got dinged, and Devin came in, and finished a touchdown drive. Not sure if Devin threw for a td, or ran for a td, or both. But it was the one and only time he got significant p.t., apart from the brief and insignificant appearance v. UConn. Tate came into the Bowling Green game later, was also dinged, and was seen limping. It was a weird game. "Dissatisfying" can't be the right word for a 65-21 (?!) win, and the offensive numbers were amazing. Everybody just left that game with as many questions as answers.
Later on, I remembered that a few of the Bowling Green plays were some of the very few where I really liked what I saw with Gardner until this year! Because he's been underwhelming in some others in 2011, and showed almost nothing in all of his spring games.
I believe he also played (very briefly) in the ND game that year. As in the UConn game, it was just a brief injury fill-in.
Is that because there is a secret rule that we have to offer all redshirts a fifth year?
This is great and glorious news for the Michigan faithful, at least until Devin has a bad game, then the Michigan faithful will throw Gardner under the Shane Morris bus.
Soon to be followed by the Jayru Campbell bus.
Any word on our recruitment of him? I know he's a sophomore but for all intensive purposes that's when we began recruiting Shane.
they'll not only throw Devin under the Shane Morris bus, they'll back up and run over him several more times for good measure.
And when DG has an open path to the end zone but gets caught from behind on the 5-yard line, the faithful will tow the Denard Robinson bus out of the junkyard and throw DG under it too.
The guys going to be special when it's all said and done. He put his time in. Now he's ready to go.
Because the two are totally related and you have to choose between one or the other right?
This is the only bit of semi-good news since we held a 21-17 lead in the game. I'm glad to know the coaches are sending in the redshirt request. I seriously doubted their willingness to do it. In fact, had Bellomy not imploded, I'm not sure the coaches would have sent in that request.
Wut? Why would they not want Gardner for another year? At either QB or WR.
Magnus says he won't get it so I don't believe Hoke.
I'll believe it when I see it.
Don, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but since you don't have lungs, I don't think you'll be holding your breath any time soon anyway.
This is a fantastic gif.
God bless NBC for not being smart enough to not get Rob Ryan off camera earlier.
Real talk here I honestly love Rob Ryan. That dude is awesome.
Finally, comfort for my nads. Ahh, cold pack.
Hoke also said Denard would be ready to go in the 2nd half for the Nebraska game. I'll believe it when I see it.
We all assume he will be both a great QB in 2013 and want to stay at Michigan beyond that. What if he guides Michigan to a fantastic season next year, gets high draft grades, and bolts for the NFL?
I suppose it wouldn't be that bad, I love to see Wolverines being drafted, but the good news should be tempered with a small hint of reality, and the reality is that we want Gardner to stay more than he might want to stay.
That being said, it's all good news that having him for 2 years while we develop Morris is even an option. I, for one, thought it might not be.
If Devin doesn't stay a 5th year only because he got so awesome that the NFL wants him, I'd be OK with that.
If he guides us to a fantastic season and performs so wells that he leaves for the draft I'LL TAKE IT!!
Great to hear. I'll believe it when it is in writing, but this is a huge benefit for the team and player development. Having a RS sophomore Shane Morris taking over for a 5th-year Devin Gardner would be optimal.
I am surprised that they are just getting around to this. I thought I read a while back that they were pursuing this course of action.
I could be wrong, but technically I think they have to wait until the athletes would be senior year to issue the request. That would explain the wait.
I'd much much prefer to have a RS Sr DG to a So/RFr Shane (or probably RS Jr Bellomy). No offense to either of those guys, but DG's projected skill is way way higher than either of thosw two guys. That would be a season changer (and couple that with how the D is projected to be in '14)
His projected skill is way higher than Shane Morris at the QB position? That's debatable.
but I think a RS Sr Devin should easily be better than a 2nd yr Shane in 2014
Morris is probably already a better prototypical passer than Gardner. Gardner has always had a funky delivery on the ball, and Shane can actually bomb it further down field. Plus Shane will have the benefit of learning the same system throughout his collegiate career (odds are anyways).
True, and when asked about why he thought Gardner would be granted the red shirt, he said he had a gut feeling--not exactly the strongest evidence to go on.
Excellent to hear and fingers definitely crossed that works out.
In four starts, 57 of 90, 1,005 passing yards, 8 passing TDs, 7 rushing TDs....I would say that two full seasons of that sort of potential production from Gardner definitely sounds nice.
So the Big Ten (not the NCAA) grants redshirts? That seems odd.
Perhaps he has to send it to the B1G first to get approved, and then they send it to the NCAA?
I figured he would get it, but it's still good to hear. Means Shane will red shirt, and should start as a RS Sophomore. Two full years of DG at QB and three years of Morris at QB. That should make WR recruits excited.
For pulling a positive surprise where not expected, this threat deserves a Brady Hoke pooping gold picture and tag
So the request for a red shirt is based Gardners minimal playtime in year 1? Not anything like a medical/financial hard ship?
He has documentation of back problems during his freshman year.
Devin is, infact, eligible for his medical redshirt; as he meets the criteria.
A player seeking a medical redshirt had to of played in less than 30% of games and could not of played after the mid-point in the season.
Devin played in three games, all of which were before mid-way in the season. Devin had a back injury and didn't play after that.
M R/S granted, BKFINEST IT!!!
so it really sounded more like an optimistic guess than an educated guess. And Hoke also said he was pleased with Borges's playcalling Saturday. And Hoke has pretty much downplayed every injury his team has had so I guess I will take his comments with a grain of salt.