This will actually be much shorter than its counterpart, but that's because it's really a no-brainer. Gardner red-shirts, not only because it's in the best interest of the team/program, but when you look at this current Michigan team, it doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that it's a very pass heavy offense... Shit, Larry Holmes could have figured that out. The 2010 team is going to look more like Texas Tech of past years, than West Virginia of past years, and what QB do you want in that situation - Tate Forcier. This team has great WR depth, and with questions at the RB position, it just makes sense that Rich Rodriguez will go with a more pass heavy offense.
As far as Devin Gardner goes... Gardner's mechanics have slipped a little, passing wise, over his senior year, so a year of working on that, while red-shirting, is the best thing for him. It'll also make the transition from Forcier to Gardner easier. I think Denard Robinson will improve, and I think he can make those quick slant passes, so having Denard back-up Forcier, while Gardner red-shirts, that'll work.
The added weight, as I hear Forcier has already gained 10 pounds from last year, and with better offensive line, hopefully Forcier can make it the season without a major injury.