Devin Gardner Needs to Get Out of Funk Before Michigan Begins Big Ten Play

By Jenna Aquino

What’s wrong with Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner? No one seems to know. His troubles have been a big part of the struggles that Michigan has been facing during non-conference play so far this season. Gardner and the Wolverines need to get it together before they begin Big Ten play at home against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on October 5, or they could be facing a disappointing season.

Michigan has been able to overcome the difficult situations they have faced so far, as they are 4-0, but it did not come without plenty of struggle. Gardner contributed to many of these situations, committing ten turnovers including eight interceptions and having the worst performance of his career this past Saturday against the University of Connecticut Huskies. He completed 11-of-23 passes for only 97 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. This type of performance is not going to cut it in conference play.

Minnesota is not a push-over this season. They are coming out of non-conference play undefeated, and some are ranking them in the top five of the Big Ten Power Rankings. They will come to Ann Arbor ready to play. Michigan needs to be prepared and try to get Gardner out of his funk. A bye week this week could really do him some good, or so Michigan hopes.

Michigan’s Big Ten season will not get any easier if they continue to play like they have been so far this season. They will face ranked teams like the Northwestern Wildcats in Evanston and Ohio State Buckeyes in Ann Arbor later this season and will have to travel to East Lansing to face the Michigan State Spartans. Gardner’s performance will have a large impact on the outcomes of these games, so hopefully for Michigan’s sake he can use this bye week to get out of his funk and play how everyone knows he can play.

Jenna Aquino is a Big Ten Football writer for Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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