Michigan Quarterback Devin Gardner Promises a Win Over Ohio State

June 24, 2013 at 6:25p    by Jason Priestas    
92 Comments
Devin Gardner just promised a win over Ohio State

Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner, who has all of five starts under his belt, appeared on a Detroit radio station today and told listeners that the Wolverines would win their game with the Buckeyes this November. No ifs, ands or buts.

"We always have room for improvement, but this is definitely a championship-caliber football team that will win in the 'Big House' against Ohio State," Gardner said. "We don't feel like we're inferior to anyone in the country."

On one hand, that's what you want your quarterback to think. On the other, you don't really want him to come out and say it on the radio.

Then again, it worked for Jim Harbaugh in '86. Still, Urban Meyer and his team will gladly take the bulletin board material.


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NoVA Buckeye's picture

It was cool when Namath did it but nowadays, it just makes you look silly.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

ATXbucknut's picture

Gardner talks tough but he's soft.  If he were in a rap group he'd be like...

 

FROMTHE18's picture

yeah cool Devin, you looked great against our weaker-than-usual defense...good luck when our D actually matures to their full potential...at least Roby will get a few picks, and our sack numbers will also see a dramatic increase...cheers Dev. Ask Mike Hart how that whole predicting a win over OSU works out.

trasch_man's picture

I thought Gardner looked terrible against Ohio State. 11-20 for 171 with 1 TD and 1 INT and 75 of those yards and the touchdown came on a broken coverage play. He looked shaky and timid against the blitz and Michigan's OL didn't get any better having to replace all 3 interior lineman.

Kaceybrown's picture

I wouldn't call it terrible for a college game but like you said, not going to get any easier this fall. 

BTBuckeye's picture

Devin Gardner is not a very good QB. He's a good athlete. Bring it.

Haybucks's picture

Yep, not a good QB.  That's why he was moved to WR last year.  

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
 

Oyster's picture

Actually that is not true.  He was playing WR because he is too good of an athlete to leave on the sideline as purely a backup QB.

Haybucks's picture

I'll agree to your assessment of Gardner's athleticism, but it doesn't equate to him being a good QB.  He's a good wide receiver, he's proven that.  
As for being a good QB, I respectfully disagree.  His biggest games under the lights have been
1. 2008 state championship 30 passing yards with 1 INT  Team loss.
2. 2009 state championship 134 passing yards with -26 rush yards (3 sacks)  Team loss.
3. 2012 vs tOSU 171 yards (75-yard TD pass) 1 INT, -28 yards rushing and 1 TD.  Gardner tossed a floater that was intercepted by C.J. Barnett, ending the Wolverines final threat.  Team loss.
4. 2013 vs uSC 214 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT, 24 rush yds.  Team loss.
 

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
 

fear_the_nut70's picture

Fair enough, except that one would wonder why Devin couldn't beat out Denard who clealy ain't no quarterback if Devin was so good at the position...

Kaceybrown's picture

He'll better than the pretend cereal eater

Nick's picture

n0mn0mn0mn0mn0mn0m

painterlad's picture

Hoke is going to be pissed. DG1 called us State.
 

To err is human. Really sucking requires having yellow stripes on your helmet.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Bulletin board....love it

tdible2132's picture

Might want to lay off the booze Devin. It makes you say the darndest things.

alust2013's picture

That sack by Boren was probably my favorite play of the whole season. Pretty much summed the whole thing up. 

...and Michigan still sucks.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

I'm a huge fan of that particular play.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

Buck_Michigan's picture

Me too!

2012 Beat Michigan Tail gate:  UFM:  "Let’s beat the sh*t out of Michigan, have a good night."

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

DG calling us Ohio State?? Only word he missed was 'THE'. His garbage team will always and forever be TTUN or scUM to me. I think Ryan "Damn" Shazier needs to hang that quote in his locker. I know I would...

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

Hovenaut's picture

He said Ohio STATE.

He doesn't listen to his head coach.

Advantage, good guys.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

One could say not listening to Hoke makes him smart.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Hovenaut's picture

I think he's Bachelor of Science in Nothing Particular smart.

They award such degrees up yonder, correct?

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

buckeyedude's picture

It might make him skinny, at the very least.

 

 

MN Buckeye's picture

The video of that play never gets old.  In fact, it is more enjoyable the more I watch it.

Knarcisi's picture

Throws off his back foot under pressure and floats it downfield. Said it before, 3 picks on him this year. 

SGTREDLEG's picture

Careful, Braxton did way too much of that last year too.

SGTREDLEG

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

Well the kid is ballsy.  Stupid, but ballsy.

buckguyfan1's picture


This just made the list!!!

OSUStu's picture

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

bigbadbuck's picture

its called foot in mouth disease...open mouth insert foot

Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates. Football is no different, the guys down in the trenches win the games, not the coach.            

Grant Edgell's picture

Hard to listen to those on the other side of the border. I have a similar reaction every time they open their mouths...

Poison nuts's picture

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

cajunbuckeye's picture

DG, remember that mental picture you had in your head when you made that statement? Yeeaaah, it's really not going to play out that way.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

Nicholas Jervey's picture

Oh. The outrage. It overwhelms me. This dire insult boils my blood. Argh.

Ceci n'est pas une signature.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

"Network", is such a true classic - everyone should watch it. Guess DG is "mad as hell and not taking it anymore".........

almurray10's picture

I've never loved that .gif of Boren destroying Gardner more than I do now.

GV9's picture

I'm loving it.  Can't wait for put up or shut up time next November!

Jonnferrell's picture

He just got confused in that quote.  He meant to say, "Michigan" instead of "Ohio State."  

"I'm still hungry." --Brady Hoke

harleymanjax's picture

HEY DEVIN..................

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

el duderino's picture

If I could hand out multiple upvotes... Well, let's just say... The dude abides.

"This is a very complicated case: a lot of ins, lot of outs, lot of what-have-yous."

buckeyedude's picture

DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!

 

 

osubuck57's picture

Oh Devin!! Be careful what you wish for my friend!! I'll take Spence and A-Dub with about 5 sacks in this one!! Might even see our first 2 point conversion in this one.lol ala Woody

SCOTTC.

brandonbauer87's picture

Countdown to retraction.....

Stinson's picture

Oh, Devin...

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Paul's picture

Wow,  first Rich Rod and now Devin Gardner! Josh Groban has inspired Two people in Ann Arbor!!!!

There are winners and there are losers, and then there are "THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY"

FOOTBALL BUCKEYES!

pjtobin's picture

I hope he eats his words the next three years. I can't blame him for being positive. But why say it to anyone but his teammates? Dumbass. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

buck-I.8's picture

Because he was asked in an interview? What would you have said?

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

"I love getting questions about The Game - what a rivalry. It was amazing playing in that atmosphere last year, unfortunately, Ohio got the best of us that day. We've been working hard all off season to make sure we represent U of M and our alumni well in this year's contest. I'm looking forward to getting another chance at those guys - they're a great team."

Something like that ^^

jaxbuckeye's picture

Come on.  If Braxton said it we would be talking about his confident leadership.  Much ado about nothing here.

Jdadams01's picture

But that's the rivalry. When our players make a comment, their fans get riled up. When their QB says they "will" win, we make fun of him. I don't think anyone on here is legitimately mad. It's just some harmless gamesmanship that is innocent. Even so, Urban will use this come Hate Week.
And as far as to what he should've said: the question was CAN you beat Ohio State. If he would've replied, "Yes, we can", well that would be a bit different. Yes, TSUN can beat us. But making it "will" changes things.

pjtobin's picture

I would have showed respect for my enemy. I would have given them compliments. You know, the whole " they are a solid team. With great players. Their coach had them playing very well. We take it one game at a time. We never overlook anyone. I feel we can compete with the best of them. Our team is firing on all cylinders. And we have something to prove this year. " speech. That way I wouldn't give my biggest rivals, who will be my toughest opponent, a single thing they can use to help light their fire. That's what I was getting at. 
On a side note I should not have called him a dumbass. He is just a kid. And probably 100 times smarter than me. It was the first thing that came to my mind. Maybe because someone had a gif of "That 70's Show". My bad everyone. I will try not to let it happen again. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Haybucks's picture

Gardner was asked where he felt the Wolverines' program was headed in 2013.  
"We always have room for improvement, but this is definitely a championship-caliber football team that will win in the 'Big House' against Ohio State," Gardner said. "We don't feel like we're inferior to anyone in the country.
He wasn't asked to predict the Game.
 

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
 

Goalscorer9's picture

I think he took some crazy pills

ohiowhitesnake's picture

Somewhere Mike Hart is smiling. Too bad he wasn't too good at predictions either.

jaxbuckeye's picture

I don't think it's a big deal.  If I'm a buckeye I use it for motivation.  If I'm a wolverine, I like it that our leader thinks we will win.  What would anyone want Braxton to say (besides nothing)?

Grayskullsession's picture

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

AndyVance's picture

Devin Gardner, call your office...

gwalther's picture

LOL. 
 
LolololoLololz

Class of 2008

hodge's picture

Hey, remember the last Michigan quarterback to guarantee victory over OSU?

lulz

Maestro's picture

Awwww, Tater Tot. So cute.

vacuuming sucks

hodge's picture

Watch this with the sound off while this plays in the background. Hilarity ensues. 

OSUStu's picture

I had kind of forgotten what a turnover machine he was that game.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Upvote for the Benny Hill music.........

AndyVance's picture

That's perfect, Hodge. Well played.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Monsieur For-see-yah - ah to be young and French in AA!

buckeyedude's picture

You mean the former Heisman candidate, Tate Forcier?

 

 

Max Power's picture

Paging Noah Spence...target aquired

Haybucks's picture

It feels like 2009 all over again.  

In an interview with ESPN in the fall of 2009, Gardner described his passion for the quarterback position: "With me, you better prepare for everything you think could happen because anything can happen when I've got the ball in my hands. I've got the ball in my hands every play, and it's my show.
An over-hyped Gardner led Inkster to the state finals game losing 27-6 against Lowell High School in the Division 2 title game. Gardner compiled only 134 passing yards in the title game and minus-26 rushing yards after being sacked three times.

 
 

I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
- Edward Gibbon
 

buckskin's picture

I'm laying down $20 right now that Spence is the first Buckeye defender that gets to do "The Boren" over Gardner in this year's game.  And when he does, somebody better get the picture.  The only way that picture would be better is if Devin's helmet came off!

hail2victors9's picture

I'm bookmarking this Buckshot so we can revisit it on Dec 2. 
I'm not a big fan of players guaranteeing anything, but Michigan should beat OSU at home, just like OSU should beat Michigan in Columbus.  Even with OSU edging out Michigan in overall talent, it's pretty close and will only get closer over the next few years. 
I think a lot of you will be a little more complimentary to Devin's ability as a quarterback around the middle of October. 
68 Days until kickoff...

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

hodge's picture

I don't doubt Gardner's abilities.  I think he's going to be one hell of a player next year: he's already shown flashes of pure brilliance, and is probably in the conference's top three quarterbacks--pretty impressive, considering he started five games last year.  But I will say this, I don't think he has the "throw the team on my shoulders and carry them to victory" quality that Denard had.  Robinson was a special player, and though his quarterbacking was inconsistent at best, he seemed to always save his best game for when his team really needed it.  His fleet feet allowed him to do some flat-out stupid things (his acceleration was mind blowing), and allowed for a unique quarterback who was quite often Michigan's only offense--making his statline even more impressive.
So what am I getting at?  While I think Gardner is a better quarterback who is most definitely a dual threat, he's more in the Pryor mode than his predecessor.  This isn't an insult--it's an asset--but it does hint at the fact that he'll be a guy getting first downs with his feet, not 50 yard touchdowns (at least not with D-Rob's regularity).  Because of this, I see Gardner having to rely on a relatively under-the-radar receiving corps and an unproven backfield--all without the safety valve of Robinson's broken-play madness.  Keep in mind that this also puts Borges on the spot, which isn't a Wolverine fan's first option (considering the Bollmanning of the second half in Columbus last year).
The bottom line is that right now, I'd take OSU -3.5.  I think that a lot of The Game will boil down to how the Buckeye linebacking corps fares against UM's rushing attack; if they contain Gardner and the run, I don't think that UM's receivers will be able to consistently get enough separation for Michigan to win solely through the air.  I think OSU and Michigan both get their points, though, but OSU's knack for the big play wins out, I'll say 31-26 OSU. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

 Even with OSU edging out Michigan in overall talent, it's pretty close and will only get closer over the next few years.

When you say talent, does that include the coach?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Oyster's picture

Pssst, 'They' all think that hoke is on the same level as Coach Meyer and they get fussy when you don't agree.  Many will appear out of nowhere to prove how a traditional .500 coach is every bit as good as Coach Meyer. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I think Hail is more reasonable than most M*chigan fans.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Oyster's picture

Only because he is a closet OSU fan that hasn't been able to embrace his true feelings yet.

ohiowhitesnake's picture

I hope Devin wins the September Heisman...it's a Michigan mans duty!

BME_Buckeye's picture

Why do the Gold Pants just have "Ohio" on there? 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

actionstanleyjackson's picture

Hey Devin:
 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Henne, Hart, and Long guaranteed a win over Appalachian State:
 

 
Sorry... I had to go there.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Did Henne, Hart and Long actually guarantee a win over App State?

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Does it really matter?

BME_Buckeye's picture

Umm yeah. If you're gonna state something about people promising a win, I would hope your claim is true. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

IBleedSandG's picture

"Don't have to worry about to much from my blindside" We'll see what Diesel says about that.

"You pick up the rifle and go as hard as you can possibly go."
-UFM

Urban Nation Army's picture

Appropriate?

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Absolutely appropriate!  Haha! I never put it together that he was the jerk who went out of his way to run into Sanzenbacher like that as if he were some wannabe gang banger trying to start some shit at a club.  
One freakin yard.....haha! Love it.  
Our tackling was really solid that year.  

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

causeicouldntgo43's picture

.........and then Gardner woke up and realized it was just a dream.

bigbadbuck's picture

"This is definitely a championship caliber football team"............Doesn't Missagain say the same thing year after year after year? and then end up 8-5?

Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates. Football is no different, the guys down in the trenches win the games, not the coach.            

New alum's picture

I know this is a dead horse, but... I assume Gardner said it because OSU has gone 10-2 against UM since 2001. I similarly assume Tressel said what he said in January 2001 because his predecessor had gone 2-10-1 against UM (Tressel's comment was much more nuanced than Gardner's, but I think they serve a similar purpose of trying to rally a team and fanbase that have been thoroughly dominated by their arch-rival for better than a decade). No need for Wolverines to make such claims during the late '90s, just as there is no need for a Buckeye to make such a claim now.