Devin Gardner got the chance to become the starting quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines last season and proved that he could handle the job. As the 2013 season moves closer and closer, the pressure will begin to build on Gardner to grow from his 2012 year. Michigan could become a team that surprises some people this coming year if Gardner can prove he is a legit starter.
He didn’t see the field until the ninth regular season game in 2012 but came in and threw for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns over the team’s last five games. There may have been two straight losses to end the year but it didn’t mean that Gardner was really that bad in those games. You aren’t going to win many when your defense gives up over 26 points a game.
The job of Gardner is very obvious in 2013: He needs to get the Wolverines to at least 10 wins and a major bowl game.
Gardner is in his senior year and while he did sit for most of his first two seasons behind Denard Robinson, he had the time to learn a lot along the way. There is no reason to believe that Michigan won’t be 9-2 going into their final game of the season against the Ohio State Buckeyes. I know that all Michigan fans look forward to that game anyway so that’s why I’m jumping ahead. It could be the defining moment of Gardner’s career if he is able to pull off the upset in that one. The game is seven months away now though and there is a long way to go until then, but Michigan is in great hands with Gardner under center.