Developing Devin Gardner Must be Michigan Wolverines’ No. 1 Priority

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Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner has gone from backup quarterback, to wide receiver, to starting quarterback over the past two seasons. With Denard Robinson now gone, the starting QB job is Gardner’s to lose.

Gardner isn’t quite Robinson, but he is a dual-threat quarterback that knows and fits the Wolverines’ system. Gardner showed his potential in spots last season, throwing for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns while completing 59 percent of his passes.

These numbers are far from elite, but Gardner can play quarterback. It’s now up to the Wolverines’ coaching staff to develop him into the next great quarterback at Michigan. Gardner also rushed for seven scores and added four more touchdowns receiving. He is truly a versatile player, and with some hard practice this spring, he could be great.

What Gardner needs to improve upon is very coachable. He has the arm strength and the speed; what he must learn is the mental aspect of playing quarterback in the Big 10.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Al Borges has done a nice job at Michigan since coming to Ann Arbor in 2011. He now is faced with the task of turning Gardner’s talent into success for the Wolverines. If Borges can turn Gardner into a master at reading defenses and making decisions, there is no limit to the kid’s potential.

With returning pass-catchers like Jeremy Gallon, Jeremy Jackson, Devin Funchess and Drew Dileo, Gardner will have plenty of weapons to throw to.

It will take hard work and lots of time in the film room, but Devin Gardner can be great with a little help from his coaches.

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