STRENGTHS: Excellent size/build/athleticism combination for the position. Proven leadership skills, exemplified by being given the previously retired No. 98 jersey at Michigan in honor of legendary Tom Harmon.
WEAKNESSES: Poor timing and anticipation can lead to hesitation, resulting in being late to pull the trigger. Too often drops his eyes and struggles to feel the action around him, holding the ball too long and relying on his legs to get him out of trouble.
After an eye-opening start to the season, including five total touchdowns in a win over Notre Dame, Gardner looked like the quarterback that was going to put Michigan back on the map. But despite 25 total scores already this season, it's clear that he isn't quite ready for the national stage and that was evident on Saturday against Michigan States No. 1 ranked defense.
Like Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas, he is extremely gifted, but he still has a long road before Gardner is ready for the next level. But unlike Thomas, Gardner has another year of eligibility to fix the glitches.
04/06/2014 - Michigan seemed shaky in its spring finale. The Wolverines, coming off a 7-6 season, struggled to open holes for their running backs and couldn't keep Devin Gardner comfortable in the pocket. When Gardner did have time to throw, he simply wasn't sharp. It looked a lot like last year. Gardner, entering his fifth season, started the scrimmage by throwing an interception to Jourdan Lewis and finished it with more incompletions than completions. Gardner took the first snap into his end zone and floated a pass short of his intended target, freshman Freddy Canteen, who had gotten behind Lewis. "It was a miscommunication," Gardner said. "I thought he would flatten out and he thought he would go over the top. I wasn't mad at him because I knew he would come back and make a play, which he did." Gardner connected with Canteen for what appeared to be a 40-yard pass later during a scrimmage in which statistics were not provided. - AP Sports