07/31/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Devin Gardner, Michigan, Quarterback, Senior...Gardner earned All-Big Ten honorable mention last season after accounting for 32 touchdowns and more than 3,000 all-purpose yards. He broke U-M single-game records for passing yards and total offense yards by piling up 503 and 584, respectively, in the 63-47 victory over Indiana. He finished the season 208-of-345 passing for 2,960 yards, the second-highest single-season total in U-M history, and 21 touchdowns and rushed 165 times for 483 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In his career, Gardner, who has graduated with a bachelor's degree in Afro-American and American studies and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program, is 301-of-504 passing for 4,440 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 658 yards and 20 touchdowns on 244 carries and caught 17 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns. Funchess and Gardner are two of 10 from the Big Ten on the watch list, and Michigan's two selections are tied for the most of any Big Ten school. - Michigan football
07/31/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD WATCH LIST: Devin Gardner (Michigan, Senior)...In his career, Gardner, who has graduated with a bachelor's degree in Afro-American and American studies and is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work Program, is 301-of-504 passing for 4,440 yards and 34 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 658 yards and 20 touchdowns on 244 carries and caught 17 passes for 268 yards and four touchdowns. Gardner is one of five quarterbacks from the Big Ten Conference on the watch list. He is the fifth Wolverine to be included on watch lists for at least two national awards so far this preseason, joining wide receiver Devin Funchess, defensive end Frank Clark, linebacker Jake Ryan and defensive back Blake Countess. - Michigan football
07/30/2014 - Michigan's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 4. QB Devin Gardner, RS Senior...With an inconsistent-at-best run game last season, Michigan relied heavily on the passing game and Gardner stepped up with 60.3-percent completions, 2,960 passing yards and a 21-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio. But while the production was encouraging, his tape isn't as positive with a number of streaky tendencies that need improved in 2014 for him to be considered a viable draft pick. Gardner has NFL arm strength and the ball appears to jump off his hand, but his upper and lower body mechanics are a mess and he often releases while off-balance, causing his ball placement to end up all over the place.
He holds the ball too long and has struggled in the past with anticipating the rush and not recognizing his keys to find favorable match-ups downfield. Gardner has the athleticism to scramble and pick up yards with his legs, but his poise and pocket presence is lacking at this point and he needs to do a better job working around the noise while keeping his eyes downfield. Without improvements as a passer this season, it's very possible Gardner will be evaluated at a different position with his size and athletic profile (17 catches, 268 receiving yards and four touchdown grabs in his career). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
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
02/27/2014 - Devin Gardner seems like a man on a mission. After breaking his foot in Michigan's game against Ohio State at the end of the regular season, Gardner wasn't expected to be at full-strength when Michigan opened its spring practice, but there he was, practicing without limitation. He also finds himself in the midst of a quarterback competition, which Gardner welcomes, but he's not about to give up his job just yet. "I'm a competitor, I'm going to compete and they'll pick the best quarterback when it's time," Gardner said after practice on Tuesday. "(But) I'm the quarterback of the team."
Gardner's competiton includes Shane Morris, who started Michigan's bowl loss to Kansas State, as well as Russell Bellomy and Wilson Speight. Morris is probably seen as the biggest threat to Gardner in the competition, but I have a hard time imagining anybody else under center for the Wolverines against Appalachian State in August. Unless Morris has a transcendant spring, or Gardner gets hurt, I don't see Brady Hoke going with anybody but his most experienced option in what will be a very important season for him and his team. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
02/04/2014 - Hoke: Michigan QB job up for grabs in spring...Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner returns next season after starting all 12 regular-season games in 2013, but there is no guarantee that he will keep the job. Coach Brady Hole told reporters this week that he plans to open up competition at the position, beginning in spring practice on Feb. 25. Gardner and sophomore Shane Morris appear to be the two candidate who will vie for the job. Gardner will be restricted during the spring because of a foot injury that occurred during the Wolverines' regular-season-ending 42-21 loss to Ohio State and kept him out of the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in December. Gardner threw for 2,960 yards and 21 touchdowns with 11 interceptions last year, but the Michigan offense had trouble moving the ball in losses to Michigan State and Iowa. Morris started the bowl game and passed for 196 yards and rushed for 43 in a 31-14 loss to Kansas State.
"I thought (Morris) did a really good job of being composed," Hoke told mlive.com. "He did a great job with his preparation and I thought he represented himself well in that game. I think he probably surprised some people with how athletic he is. ... He surprised me even a little bit. "The way he prepared I thought was really good. The way he performed, first time out being the starting quarterback, (was really good). Are there things he needs to do better? Yes. Are there things he did well? Yes." Other possible quarterback contenders are Wilton Speight, an early enrollee, and Russell Bellomy, who missed the 2013 season with an ACL injury. The Wolverines finished 7-6 last season. - The Sports Xchange
12/26/2013 - Michigan freshman quarterback Shane Morris will start in place of Devin Gardner in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Gardner sustained a turf toe injury in the Wolverines' final regular-season game against Ohio State and showed up in Arizona wearing a protective boot. Coach Brady Hoke announced Thursday that Morris will make his first college start against Kansas State after Gardner was unable to practice Wednesday. Morris played in three games this season, attempting nine passes. He sat out most of his senior season in high school because of mononucleosis. As a result of Gardner's injury, Morris has worked with Michigan's first-team offense leading up to Saturday night's bowl game in Tempe. - AP Sports
12/11/2013 - Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is bothered by turf toe, and the Wolverines want to get him some rest. Coach Brady Hoke says Gardner didn't practice Tuesday. Gardner has plenty of time to recover before Michigan plays Kansas State on Dec. 28 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Gardner limped to a news conference with a protective boot on his left foot following Michigan's one-point loss to Ohio State in the regular-season finale Nov. 30. Hoke says he's not going to speculate about how long Gardner will sit out. Bowl practices are now a chance for backup quarterback Shane Morris to get more reps. - AP Sports
12/05/2013 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Devin Gardner,...Has been selected All-Big Ten Honorable Mention for the 2013 college football season as voted on by a select Big Ten media panel and honors teams. - Michigan football
12/03/2013 - Michigan coach Brady Hoke says he expects quarterback Devin Gardner to return next season and anticipates retaining all of his assistant coaches. Hoke spoke to reporters Monday at an event to promote the National Child Identification Program. Gardner was granted a fifth year of eligibility because of a back injury he had as a freshmen after he played sparingly.
Hoke says he plans to evaluate the entire football program, including his staff, as he does after each season. The Wolverines closed the regular season with a 42-41 loss to Ohio State on Saturday, failing to convert a 2-point play with 32 seconds left. Michigan finished the regular season with a 7-5 record, and a fifth-place finish in the six-team Legends Division, after a 5-0 start. - AP Sports
11/16/2013 - Devin Gardner scored on a 5-yard run to lift Michigan to a 27-19 triple-overtime victory over Northwestern on Saturday after the Wolverines' Brendan Gibbons tied it with a 44-yard field goal at the end of regulation. Gardner scored on an option and ran it in on the two-point conversion to make it an eight-point game.
Northwestern had one more chance, but Trevor Siemian got sacked for a 14-yard loss by Jibreel Black on second down. Then, his desperation pass on fourth down got intercepted by Thomas Gordan, giving the Wolverines (7-3, 3-3 Big Ten) their second win in five games and sending the Wildcats (4-6, 0-6) to their sixth straight loss. - AP Sports
11/04/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 10 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: QB Devin Gardner, Michigan...After an eye-opening start to the season, including five total touchdowns in the win over Notre Dame, Gardner looked like the quarterback that was going to return Michigan to the National Title discussion. 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. In his defense, Gardner received little help from his offensive line and the play-calling was curious in several situations. But his poor timing and anticipation caused hesitation, making it tough for him to identify his keys and pull the trigger.
Gardner too often dropped his eyes and struggled to feel the action around him, holding the ball too long and relying on his legs to get him out of trouble. Like 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. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Devin Gardner, Michigan, set school records with 584 yards of offense and 503 yards passing and tied a mark with five TDs to help the Wolverines outscore Indiana 63-47. - AP Sports
10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Devin Gardner (Michigan)...Devin Gardner set program records with 584 yards of total offense and 503 passing yards vs. Indiana. He fell one yard short of the Big Ten record for total offense, which is 585 by Dave Wilson of Illinois on Nov. 8, 1980. Gardner has accounted for at least two touchdowns in 11 of his last 12 games, going for at least three in nine of those games. Gardner now has 13 passing TDs on the season, two more than last year's five games at quarterback. - Michigan football/College Football Performance Awards
10/15/2013 - Only six quarterbacks at the FBS-level have double-digit interceptions on the season, including Michigan junior quarterback Devin Gardner who threw two more pick-offs in the overtime loss at Penn State on Saturday. He has 11 passing scores on the season, which matches his 2012 total, but with four multi-interception performances in six games this year, Gardner has Michigan toeing the line. On the flipside, he set new career-highs with 24 rushes for 121 rushing yards at Beaver Stadium, although it was also the first game in 2013 that Gardner failed to score with his legs. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
10/06/2013 - Michigan figured out a way to help Devin Gardner cut down on mistakes. Gardner didn't throw the ball until midway through the second quarter, and played his first turnover-free game since becoming a starting quarterback last year and it helped the 19th-ranked Wolverines pull away to rout Minnesota 42-13 on Saturday. "We're going to do what's working and that's what was working at the time," he said.
Gardner had seven turnovers in his previous two games, allowing both Connecticut and Akron to have chances to upset Michigan. Against Minnesota, he threw a 24-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to Devin Funchess late in the first half and ran for a 2-yard score late in the game as the Wolverines turned a game that was close for a half into a lopsided victory.
Michigan (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) clearly planned to rely on its running game - without Gardner as a primary ball carrier - to take pressure off their turnover-prone QB. "We wanted to run the ball and we wanted to send that message," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "I thought we did a pretty good job of it." - AP Sports
09/23/2013 - Michigan looks really, really shaky. Or more specifically Michigan QB Devin Gardner looks really, really shaky. Three weeks ago, Gardner -- wearing the Wolverines' treasured No. 98 -- sliced up the Notre Dame defense with his running and passing. Since then, UM has played two dismal opponents -- Akron and UConn -- and Gardner's barely completed 50 percent of his passes (28 of 55) and thrown five picks. He's also been sacked five times. Only one team in FBS (Western Kentucky) has turned the ball over more than Michigan. If that keeps up, or even close to it, the Wolverines are going to start losing, because the schedule gets tougher. The bottom line is the Wolverines are 4-0 despite back-to-back scares, and Gardner and Michigan have a bye week to try and get things figured out. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
09/16/2013 - Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is talented but erratic. Gardner made the wow plays against Notre Dame but almost threw the game away on Saturday against Akron with three interceptions and a fumble. Those mistakes could end up costing the Wolverines against better teams. - The Sports Xchange
09/11/2013 - Scouting the Michigan passing game: Junior QB Devin Gardner has thrown for five touchdowns, but has four interceptions through two games. WR Jeremy Gallon emerged as Michigan's outside play-maker against Notre Dame with three scoring grabs. Michigan wants to see the tight end more involved in the passing game, and see Gardner make better decisions under pressure. - The Sports Xchange
09/11/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Devin Gardner will wear the number "98" jersey for the rest of the season, in honor of Michigan's first Heisman Trophy winner, Tom Harmon. Gardner is trending in the right direction after his 376 yards of total offense and five touchdowns in the win over Notre Dame. - The Sports Xchange
09/09/2013 - WEEK 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Devin Gardner, Michigan, threw four TD passes, including a victory-sealing connection to Drew Dileo with 4:18 left, leading the No. 17 Wolverines to a 41-30 win over No. 14 Notre Dame. - AP Sports
09/09/2013 - Wolverines have sights set on bigger wins...There weren't many big games in the Big Ten during the second weekend of the season, but a conference team prevailed in the biggest one. Michigan's 41-30 victory over Notre Dame before 115,109 -- the largest crowd to witness a college football game -- solidified the Wolverines as a front-runner to reach the Big Ten championship game and a potential national contender along with Ohio State.
Quarterback Devin Gardner was dynamic against the Irish and he looked good, too, wearing a number 98 jersey as a tribute to Michigan's 1940 Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon. "This isn't the game that we want -- the Big Ten championship, the Rose Bowl game -- (but) this is a pretty big game," Gardner said. "115,109, that's how many people were there, not to mention the people that were watching on TV, the only game on. It's amazing to be able to participate in something like this, but this isn't the big one that we really want." - The Sports Xchange
09/09/2013 - University of Michigan football senior/junior quarterback Devin Gardner (Detroit, Mich./Inkster) was named today (Monday, Sept. 9) as the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week and one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week following his five-touchdown performance in the Wolverines' 41-30 victory over Notre Dame last Saturday.
Gardner completed 21-of-33 passes for 294 yards and a career-best four touchdowns while rushing 13 times for 82 yards and a score against Notre Dame. Gardner's 376 total yards marked the ninth most in a single game in Michigan history, and he has scored at least two touchdowns in each of his past seven games at quarterback. Gardner helped the Wolverines to victory in front of 115,109 spectators, the largest attendance of any college football or NFL game to date. - Michigan football
09/09/2013 - Michigan's offense looks to be potent as anyone's in the conference with Devin Gardner at quarterback. Gardner, a wide receiver for much of last season, performed on a huge stage against a competent Notre Dame defense. It's one thing to put up big numbers against an FCS opponent, but his four touchdown passes and a rushing TD against a team that played for the BCS championship in January makes a statement.
Michigan's 41 points were the second most the Wolverines have scored in the 41-game rivalry with Notre Dame. "We're going to be multiple enough personnel-wise and also multiple enough from a formation standpoint, with two backs, three backs, whatever it takes, another offensive tackle in, a lot of different things that we like to do," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said of the offense. "This was more like what we want to do." - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - Scouting the Michigan passing game: Junior QB Devin Gardner got away with a couple big mistakes in the opener -- he threw an interception on his second pass, and overthrew a receiver the second time he allowed an interception -- but Notre Dame won't give him that kind of leeway. Gardner's first game as Michigan's one-and-only quarterback saw him go 10-of-15 for a modest 162 yards, but spread the ball around pretty well. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Devin Gardner has recorded at least two touchdowns in six straight games, but with the offense in his hands this season, the showcase game against the Irish will be Gardner's opportunity to keep crafting his legacy.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm really excited. It's a big game on the biggest stage in college football. I'm pretty sure there are going to be close to 115,000 people there. It's what every quarterback dreams of -- being on the big stage and being able to perform like this. I remember when I was a recruit coming to watch this game. It's always a good, close, hard-fought game." - Michigan QB Devin Gardner on facing Notre Dame - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - Devin Gardner threw four touchdown passes, including a victory-sealing connection to Drew Dileo with 4:18 left, and the dual-threat quarterback wearing No. 98 to honor Tom Harmon ran for a score to lead No. 17 Michigan to a 41-30 win over No. 14 Notre Dame on Saturday night in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 115,109. The Wolverines (2-0) had a pair of 14-point leads, but the Fighting Irish (1-1) refused to get routed.
Notre Dame pulled within a TD early in the fourth quarter when defensive end Stephon Tuitt made a diving interception in the end zone. Kyle Brindza made a 40-yard field goal with 9:15 left to pull Notre Dame within four points. The Irish were called for pass interference twice on the ensuing drive and Gardner later took advantage with a 4-yard TD to Dileo. Tommy Rees threw a second interception with 1:29 left. - AP Sports
09/07/2013 - Michigan has unretired Tom Harmon's No. 98 jersey and allowed quarterback Devin Gardner to wear it. Gardner wore No. 98 - with a Michigan Football Legend patch - Saturday night for the 17th-ranked Wolverines against No. 14 Notre Dame. Harmon became Michigan's first Heisman Trophy winner in 1940. He ran for 2,134 yards, connected on 100 passes for 1,304 yards and 16 touchdowns, scored 237 points, played defense, kicked and punted for the Wolverines. His son, Mark Harmon, star of hit TV show "NCIS" was part of the pregame ceremony. - AP Sports
09/01/2013 - WEEK 1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Devin Gardner, Michigan, ran for two TDs and threw for another in the first half in the No. 17 Wolverines' 59-9 win over Central Michigan. - AP Sports
08/31/2013 - The Devin Gardner era at Michigan started with a minor mishap, but a series of big plays followed as the Wolverines climbed all over Central Michigan Saturday for a 59-9 season-opening win. Gardner, a gifted dual-threat quarterback who had operated in the shadow of the dynamic Denard Robinson for the past three seasons, threw an interception on just his second play of the game, but settled down quickly and helped orchestrate a rout of the Chippewas.
Gardner ran for a pair of touchdowns and passed for another before taking the rest of the afternoon off as Michigan built a 36-point lead early in the second half. The first series of the game started the disaster for Central Michigan as the Wolverines' Dymonte Thomas swarmed in and blocked a punt attempt by Richie Hogan. Michigan's Joe Reynolds scooped the ball up in stride and went 30 yards for a touchdown. Brendan Gibbons added the first of his eight extra points for a 7-0 Michigan lead just two minutes into the game. - The Sports Xchange
08/31/2013 - Devin Gardner ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the first half as No. 17 Michigan went on to beat Central Michigan 59-9 in college football. It was the highest-scoring opener for the Wolverines (1-0) since 1905, when they beat Ohio Wesleyan 65-0. They will face a tougher test against No. 14 Notre Dame next week at home in a prime-time game. The Chippewas (0-1) fell behind 35-6 at halftime Saturday. After they gave up five straight TDs, Ron Coluzzi's third field goal made it 56-9 with 3:12 left in the game.
Gardner was 10 of 15 for 162 yards with a 16-yard TD pass to Jeremy Gallon and two interceptions. He ran for a 22-yard score midway through the first quarter when Michigan led by just four points and had a 4-yard TD on the ground late in the first half. The Wolverines' scoring barrage started on the opening drive when Dymonte Thomas blocked Central Michigan's punt and Joe Reynolds scooped up the football and returned it 30 yards for a score. - AP Sports
08/27/2013 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: There is little doubt that QB Devin Gardner will perform -- over the final month of 2012 he gave Michigan plenty of reasons to look forward to a full season with him at the helm. The area that might be a bit foggy, however, is the running back slot, where senior RB Fitzgerald Toussaint enters this season with a wealth of experience, but the questions about his recovery from a gruesome leg injury linger. This team will not be successful, or be the team that coach Brady Hoke needs to challenge for a Big Ten championship, unless it has a potent running attack that has opposing defenses preoccupied with stopping it. - The Sports Xchange
08/27/2013 - BREAKOUT STAR: QB Devin Gardner - Although he made a fairly dynamic debut in the latter half of 2012, spelling the injured Denard Robinson over the final four games, Michigan insiders expect that was just a teaser of what we should expect to see from Gardner in 2013. He came to Michigan as a highly-rated quarterback, gracefully made the move to wide receiver to allow the Wolverines to utilize his athleticism while keeping Robinson on the field at quarterback, and then stepped right in when Robinson got hurt and hardly missed a beat. Gardner finished 2012 with 75-of-126 passes completed for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions, while rushing 47 times for 101 yards and seven touchdowns. He also caught 16 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns. He accounted for at least two touchdowns in each of the five games he played at quarterback (four starts). - The Sports Xchange
08/27/2013 - QB Devin Gardner has received an additional year of eligibility from the NCAA, following a formal request submitted by Michigan. Gardner received a medical hardship for the 2010 season, when he appeared in three games before his season ended with a back injury. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining. - The Sports Xchange
08/13/2013 - TOP MICHIGAN PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. QB Devin Gardner (6-4, 212, 4.54)...As for areas of improvement, there is a bit of a hitch at the back of his delivery and he'll drop his arm-angle at times, but the quickness of his release doesn't necessarily seem to be hampered by it, so it will be interesting to see how NFL scouts react, should this remain. He does needs to show improvement in terms of decyphering information quickly when it comes to reading defenses, as he'll hold the ball too long, force throws into far too tight of spaces, or perceive there to be windows in zone defenses that simply aren't there.
On a team that returns a lot of key players this year after a disappointing 2012 - due in large part to an array of injuries - Gardner has an opportunity to establish himself as one of the conference's top quarterbacks. And if he can build on last year's positive showing with some mechanical improvemens and a displayed better understanding of defenses, he could find himself in the discussion among underclassmen quarterbacks who grade highly as potential early-entry candidates for the 2014 draft. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
08/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB Devin Gardner played the loyal sidekick for three seasons, waiting in the wings behind dynamic runner Denard Robinson, but when Robinson was injured midway through the 2012 season, Gardner seized the opportunity. With Robinson gone, this is Gardner's team. - The Sports Xchange
08/13/2013 - TOP MICHIGAN PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. QB Devin Gardner (6-4, 212, 4.54)...A Parade Magazine All-American coming out of Inkster High School in 2009, Gardner was rated by Rivals.com that year as the top prep player in the state (Michigan), and the top dual-threat quarterback in the nation. He saw limited action as a freshman, and although his playing time went up slightly as a sophomore, his appearances would once again be sparse, with Denard Robinson solidifying himself as the team's leader and top play-maker at the position.
In an effort to not allow Gardner's talent to go to waste within the program, coaches converted him to wide receiver heading into the 2012 season, and the move was looking like a good one through the first four games as he led all Michigan receivers with 11 receptions. However, in the eighth game of the season against Nebraska, Robinson suffered an injury to his throwing arm, and Gardner was switched back to quarterback and thrust into the starting role immediately. He started the final four games of the season and quickly proved his worth as the explosive, dual-threat signal-caller that he was recruited to be, leading his team to two key conference victories including a 42-17 pounding of Iowa - a game in which he personally accounted for six total touchdowns (3 passing, 3 rushing), and amassed 314 yards through the air on 18 of 23 passing. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
08/13/2013 - TOP MICHIGAN PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. QB Devin Gardner (6-4, 212, 4.54)...Gardner now enters his redshirt junior campaign after being granted a "redshirt for medical hardship" for his freshman year (2010) where his season was cut short by a back injury. While there were cerainly elements of rawness to his quarterback play last season, his mechanics and his pocket presence were two that appeared surprisingly strong considering his lack of signal-calling experience at the collegiate level.
Coaches did a good job of slowing the game down for him, as he ran a ton of deep-drop play action, rollouts, and bootlegs to freeze defenses thus providing him more time to scan the field, but even when he was pressured, seemed to keep moving through progressions, and for the most part, avoided bailing early despite his athleticism.
He possesses plenty of arm strength to make all the throws, exhibits a nice tight spiral, and displays good location on timing routes when leading his target. He's also pretty accurate when throwing on the run, and does a good job, despite his length and size (6'4, 210), of utilizing short-area quickness to extend plays and escape trouble through tight spaces in the pocket. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com