Hoke Expects Devin Gardner Redshirt

Submitted by justingoblue on November 26th, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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"


Everyone Murders

November 26th, 2012 at 1:04 PM ^

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.


November 26th, 2012 at 1:05 PM ^

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.

yossarians tree

November 26th, 2012 at 2:05 PM ^

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.


November 26th, 2012 at 2:36 PM ^

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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.

yossarians tree

November 26th, 2012 at 2:49 PM ^

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.


Darth Wolverine

November 26th, 2012 at 1:13 PM ^

I really can't see this process taking too long. It seems to be a matter of looking at how much time he played in that year he was injured and comparing it to the rule of how much a player is allowed to play. I honestly don't recall when he became injured in that season. I want to say it was game four, but I am unsure. I believe a player is allowed to play in four games in one season and still get a medical red shirt, assuming there is proper documentation.

Darth Wolverine

November 26th, 2012 at 1:08 PM ^

PLEASE let this happen. I posted this in another thread, but I'm hoping this happens and Shane red shirts next year. This must also be coupled with our current backup QBs developing and getting much better in case Devin has to miss some time, but even with a red shirt, Shane can still play in emergency situations. Obviously that would burn the red shirt, but they have to do what is necessary to win.


November 26th, 2012 at 1:16 PM ^

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. 


November 26th, 2012 at 3:00 PM ^

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.


November 26th, 2012 at 1:20 PM ^

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.



November 26th, 2012 at 1:25 PM ^

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.