Devin Gardner Praise Thread

Submitted by Toby Flenderson on November 30th, 2013 at 3:49 PM

The kid came to play today. He showed some real heart and was the reason we were in the game until the end. He even was playing with one leg and was still fighting through. Thank you devin



November 30th, 2013 at 4:06 PM ^

Had Michigan won that may have gone down as the best performance in the rivalry's history (modern era-post Tom Harmon). I also think that he just took a huge step foward for next year.

Ivan Karamazov

November 30th, 2013 at 4:07 PM ^

Not to mention a warrior on the gridiron.

Devin, you deserve all the praise that is given to you.  I wish, for both our sakes, that your effort had been rewarded today but alas it was not.

Forever and always,

Go Blue!


November 30th, 2013 at 4:09 PM ^

I personally don't see how anyone can question the heart of Devin Gardner - he went out there hurt and was still producing at a remarkable level. The final line is 451 yards of passing, 32 of 47 or 68.1% completion ratio, 14.09 yards per completion and 9.60 yards per attempt. Through the air, it was good for 4 TDs and 1 INT that really doesn't count (as it came on the 2-point conv. attempt - not officially an INT) . He came to play and he played incredibly well. 

OMG Shirtless

November 30th, 2013 at 4:28 PM ^

But you should probably send a letter to the athletic department.  This is the official quote from the Athletic Department's article.

"The Wolverines went for the 2-point conversion, but Gardner's pass to Dileo was intercepted. Michigan tried an onside kick, which was recovered by the Buckeyes. OSU kneeled on the ball as time expired."


November 30th, 2013 at 4:09 PM ^

I have been sickened by some of the comments folks have made about Gardner this year. He's got major flaws but much of his failure has not been his fault. The kid is a warrior, a high character guy and exactly what I want in a Michigan player. I hope some of those trashing him will eat humble pie, or if they don't like the taste, have it forcibly inserted into the opposite orifice.


November 30th, 2013 at 4:12 PM ^

Thank you, Devin. I have no complaints at all on how you played. The one play that would have taken then game didn't happen, but nobody here was even giving you a chance of being in that position. 


The second best passing game in Michigan history, with a hobbled quarterback, against an undefeated #3 ranked team. Shame on anyone who criticizes DG. 


Yes, it was more heartbreaking to watch than the blowout most were predicting, but I saw four quarters of michigan football, i saw an offense and quarterback that have been battered all season step up and show that they are relavent. I saw a team that shows that with OL growth, this quarterback is among the ELITE in college football. 

(I also saw him robbed by the refs on a fumble call)


Thank you, get ready for that bowl game and kick some ass.  I hate saying "next year," but you and your team all showed today that you have what it takes to play against anyone. Now let's see some maturity and a great season next year.





November 30th, 2013 at 4:20 PM ^

Devin was a fucking warrior today. A. Fucking. Warrior. We are lucky to have him under center. Although today came up short, there's lots to be optimistic about for next year. Thanks DG for being nails for us today.


November 30th, 2013 at 4:20 PM ^

It's easy to praise the players on elite teams that just plow opponents.  The true heroes are the kids that bust their ass and stay true and loyal in the face of a ton of adversity.  DG is a true hero, just as every player has been who has played for this program the last 6 years when it has faced its greatest adversity.


November 30th, 2013 at 4:34 PM ^

Will run out of praise for this kid. Especially with all the garbage around him this season. Being put in position to look bad, but leave everything out there. Please give him a capable offense and plan next year. He deserves it.


November 30th, 2013 at 4:35 PM ^

Proud of DG. Played a near perfect game. Stepped up in the pocket a couple of times even today. Saw him go through progressions a couple times as well. Only complaint is that he didn't go through progressions on the 2 pt conversion, I know it was designed for Dileo but he has to see he's not open. And I'm still not mad about that because he was great today. Anyone saying move hm back to receiver is dumb. When he has time he is a complete Quarterback. And everyone complaining about burning Shane's redshirt you realize he can redshirt anytime right??? He can redshirt next year and still be a 3rd year sophomore like he would be if he redshirted this year. Bellomy can back up next year.


November 30th, 2013 at 4:48 PM ^

Can't say enough about what a great Wolverine he's been, really throughout his entire Michigan career. Think about all he's given, from waiting for Denard to graduate to changing his position to WR to tolerating all the vitriol from the fan base when he wasn't performing to having the game of his life when he needed to most. 

Magnum P.I.

November 30th, 2013 at 5:02 PM ^

I loved the way he was all over Kalis and Funchess for making mistakes on the fourth down play in the second half. That kind of vocal leadership/accountability didn't seem to be there all year. I think the biggest thing working against DG is his psychology--maybe he's turned the corner as a leader.


November 30th, 2013 at 6:03 PM ^

We saw his great skill, and his drawbacks - too willing to take a sack and never throw it away; forcing pass into coverage; throwing behind people.

But each time he rebounded. What really stood out to me was his unwillingness to accept mistakes. When he got in Kalis' grill and screamed at Funchess for not turning around to the ball in the first half, he was making a huge statement to the team about leadership and accountability.

Amazed at his performance today. His tuck and run, deking out Roby for the first down in the 4th was absolutely amazing, considering he was minus a leg. 


November 30th, 2013 at 5:05 PM ^

the radio that DG wen over to the OL after getting banged up and said he was going to need them. He then proceeded to go out and throw some incredible passes and make a critical first down run...injured and all.

That was an amazing effort.


November 30th, 2013 at 5:16 PM ^

If it weren't for Devin this year we would've been fucked. I know he's made some bad plays but the kid had to put this offense on his back this whole season. When the kid has some time and a hint of a running game he's pretty damn good. I love Denard but Devin is just as valuable if not more than Denard was. No disrespect to Denard.

Perkis-Size Me

November 30th, 2013 at 5:33 PM ^

Gardner, you are nothing short of a warrior, and you played like one today. You're one hell of a QB. You've got nothing to be ashamed of today.

You made Ohio's pass defense look like a bunch of JV scrubs today. Damn proud to say you're my QB.


November 30th, 2013 at 6:44 PM ^

He had a hell of a game. I hope this helps propel him to be a great QB for us next season. He has the skills now he must get more consistent in the passing game, throw the ball away before he gets sacked for 15 yards and take care of that ball, no fumbles or INTs.


November 30th, 2013 at 7:51 PM ^

Nothing left to say, everyone has said it. Today we saw the Devin we knew we had! I am looking forward to a great bowl game and a great season next year! Thank you Devin for playing hard every down you were in. I know this wasn't the season you wanted, but you have a lot to be proud about and a lot to look forward to!