The Devin-ci Code: Is Gardner Right?

By Michael Citro on June 28, 2013 at 11:30a
Devin Gardner in his natural habitat.

We began the week with an interesting story out of That State Up North, in which Zach Boren’s lunch wide receiver quarterback Devin Gardner made some very confident remarks about how he sees the 2013 Michigan football season shaping up. As the week slips into weekend and we've had time to digest what he said, we should take a closer look at what those remarks.

The assertion that big things were ahead for the Wolverines came during a radio interview on WBBL radio’s “Huge Show” with host Bill Simonson. Gardner called his squad a “championship caliber” team that isn’t “inferior to anyone in the country.”

The biggest buzz came from his assertion that his team “will win in the Big House against Ohio State.”

Clearly Gardner is not paying attention to Head Coach Brady Hoke in team meetings. His use of the word “State” after “Ohio” will not go unnoticed by the Hoke-a-maniac, I can assure you. That has to be worth at least a two-game suspension for violating team rules.

Now I have no problem with Gardner being confident and saying the things he said. It’s preferable to being boring and you want your quarterback to have some confidence. Furthermore, he should believe his team can win any game, otherwise he shouldn’t be on the field.

But is he right? Let’s take a closer look.

One of the things Garder talked about was his offensive line.

"They're very strong, and the most important thing I feel like is the fact they're competing so hard against each other because nobody has a job. That competition brings the best out of everyone, and we're going to have a really good offensive line."

Wait, nobody has a job? Doesn’t Michigan have an All-B1G left tackle returning in the person of Taylor Lewan? You might remember him from his supporting role as a traffic cone in a film starring Adolphus “Diesel” Washington that climaxed in a strip sack of the very quarterback we’re discussing.

Lewan is the reigning B1G Offensive Lineman of the Year and a 2013 pre-season All-American. I mean, I’m not in the Michigan coaches’ meetings, but I’d have to assume that he at least has a job. Perhaps Gardner just doesn’t know his teammates that well. Based on the hits Gardner took, it's understandable if he forgot about Lewan.

The only photo of Devin Gardner that matters.This Devin Gardner photo should be every Devin Gardner photo.

Regardless of how Hoke solves this puzzle over who will start on the offensive line, one thing the Wolverines seemed to lack in the 2012 version of The Game was a true inspirational leader. 

According to the story, the Wolverine seniors took a leadership trip with the Navy SEALS. I would think that would be quite inspiring. But the SEALS won’t be on the field with Michigan in November, so who will the Wolverines look to?

"It's myself along with all the seniors.”

Ah. Got it. Stay humble, Dev.

The leadership thing is good, but I’m not sure it can overcome an unsettled offensive line. What could tip the balance in the Sun & Blue’s favor? Chemistry, said Devin.

“Off the field, everybody is hanging out with each other, playing video games, going to the movies, whatever it is. I feel like that's building a trust factor we can take over to the football field, where guys are willing to give up everything for each other. That makes a great team."

Well, there you have it—inarguable proof that the Wolverines will indeed be a national championship contender and exact revenge upon the Buckeyes. They play video games and go to the movies together.  It’s science!

It’s truly remarkable that Michigan has stumbled upon this secret formula for success. I mean, it worked so well for Duron Carter throughout his career. If only the Buckeyes could unlock the secret powers hidden inside hours of playing Call of Duty and the latest Fast and the Furious flick.

Mark my words, when the season is winding down, we’re going to wish Ohio State players had spent a little more time on Halo. Curse you, Devin Gardner, for discovering the power of Playstation!

All kidding aside, Gardner’s remarks were harmless fun from a kid who is confident and working on his role as a team leader. His only real mistake may have been giving Urban Meyer some nice juicy quotes to stick on the bulletin board for the likes of Ryan Shazier, Noah Spence and Diesel Washington to see. I'm all for those guys being wound up like Jefferson in Fast Times at Ridgemont High when November 30 rolls around.


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TheShookster's picture

excellent Fast Times reference. Will Michigan beat Ohio State this year? Gee Mr. Spicoli, I don't know.
but seriously they won't.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

rekrul's picture

His last name is fitting because he is going to continually get planted!!!

Out Work, Out Think, Out Play!!!

CC's picture

If our run defense can hold their run game I don't think it's close.  Not sure that will be the case though.
Go Bucks.

BeijingBucks's picture

Did they have anyone running not named Denard I am unaware of?  We sucked at defending his spread option end arounds (which always blew my mind cause didn't our D get to practice against it every day?... ahem).
Pro style?  That fits right in the Buckeye's wheel house and will let Fick do what he knows best.  No gimmicks just downhill smashmouth.  Me Likey.

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

mh277907's picture

When I saw this article, I was expecting more of a breakdown by position. Like:
O-Line- Advantage OSU
D-Line- Advantage OSU
WR- Advantage OSU
QB- Advantage OSU
RB- Advantage OSU
Secondary- Advantage OSU
LB- Advantage OSU
Video Game Cohesion- Advantage TTUN
Date Nights at the Movies- Advantage TTUN


Denny's picture

Here's the thing: Video Game Cohesion works. Just ask Duron.


buckguyfan1's picture

Donut Eating- Advantage TTUN
Coaching- Advantage TOSU

Oyster's picture

Don't forget free donuts if you come to a home game too.  You just can't make this stuff up.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

Hovenaut's picture

Just want to add coaching staff.

Advantage, OSU.

Oh, and fans.


*EDIT* Sorry Buckguyfan....ditto on the coaching staff.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

You forgot coaching.

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

KBonay's picture

Mascot Advantage?

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

As long as Brutus does taste like the chocolate Buckeyes, he should be fine.

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

mtharp's picture

Just me or do they look strikingly similar?

Arizona_Buckeye's picture


The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

Terry Glenn thinks this kid is talking too much.

RunEddieRun1983's picture

when it's said and done I predict OSU 41 Michigan 17  Let's get it.

I don't always downvote, but I do always downvote a Michigan fan trolling the Buckeye boards.

Evansvillebuckeye's picture

I think Mr. Pitcock could shed some additional light on that video game playing thing....

Poison nuts's picture

The Devin-ci Code: Is Gardner Right?


"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

It's nice to see that the scUm are bonding in the dorm room, while the Buckeyes are bonding on the football field. Maybe Gardner was stating that they would whoop the Bucks on NCAA 14... that's appears to be what they're practicing for!

Buckeye06's picture

Haha this article took it to another level with hilarity.  I mean would you surprised one bit if the quote about no one having a starting spot on the line was our QB next year?  I can absolutely see Miller saying almost the same line (since 4 of 5 will almost certainly be new starters)
I enjoyed the read and laughed often

BUCKfutter's picture

when you have to add "that isn't inferior to anyone in the country" to "championship caliber", it's a sign that you're really trying to convince yourself, with little success, that you aren't inferior. and there's only one team he could be thinking about there.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

tennbuckeye19's picture

I heard TTUN has also bonded by watching Hoke's favorite movie, Yentel, with the lights out and candles lit followed by listening to the Greatest Hits of another of Hoke's favorites, Gino Vanelli.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Haven't they seen something like that movie before?

Oyster's picture

I truly miss that guy.  Pure comedy gold.  Declining dead ball fouls, assistants rubbing players with stuffed animals to get them fired up, burning Gardners Redshirt to prove a point.  The records he set back to zero, the streaks he ended.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

TMac's picture

Devin Gardner, still dazed & confused seven months after meeting Zach Boren!

ONE Not Done!

mtharp's picture

"that isn't inferior to anyone in the country"  "championship caliber"..... Sounds like a complex...

Ken-Yon Rambo's picture

Sounds like a.......little brother complex.
Sounds like a.......2-10 record in the last 12 years complex.

How firm they friendship...

Earle's picture

I'm invincible! The Black Knight always triumphs!

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

KBonay's picture

The big man thinks otherwise

Bucks43201's picture

haaa oh, geeze
Woody is rolling over in his grave :)

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

bedheadjc's picture

On the contrary, I think Woody would love the fact that the democratic process, and initiatives adopted through the democratic process, had allowed a man of color to ascend to the highest office in the land. I truly believe he'd tremendously proud of our country in that respect. Would he be happy with Pres. Obama's administration's every decision? Maybe not.
I know this: he'd support Obama as president just as strongly as he'd support any other. I'd be shocked if he thought any other way.
Your signature says as much, Bucks.

Bucks43201's picture

You can think that all you want, but I'm sorry to burst your bubble, I'm 99.9 % sure he'd not be a fan. At all.
(I'm not just wishful thinking. This is coming from somebody who had a family member play for him, and knows many others who played for the man, and know what his beliefs were. Without getting too political in characterizing people, let's just say Coach Hayes wasn't an extreme leftist.)

"...allowed a man of color to ascend to the highest office in the land..."

haha why is it supporters of certain politicians mention that first. It tells you why they voted for him: skin color. Look, I'm all for voting for a (qualified) person, no matter their skin color. But, shouldn't things like character, personal beliefs, experience, business background and policy be more important reasons to vote for somebody than skin color. It's all about "feel good" emotions, I guess that trumps reason and logic nowadays. Regardless, be prepared to feel "shocked", because I'd bet anything Woody wouldn't be an O supporter.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

bedheadjc's picture

My father played for him so you can blow all that out your chosen orifice.
And you missed entirely the point of my post.
That you don't know you have is not my problem.

Bucks43201's picture

Okay, buddy. Wow, the butthurt is strong with you. I guess the truth hurts. LOL.
Don't get too upset about it. My dad played for him, too...then I played about 30 years later.
And what's more, I've got news for you, I know the four coaches after Woody, and if you talked to them off the record --- all four of them pretty much feel the same way.
By the way, I get the point of your post. And I get that you basically interjected your feelings for O, then placed your wishful thinking about what you think Woody would have thought. Ask your dad --- if he tells Woody would have supported him "just like any other president", then he's lying to you.
I'm right on this, sorry to ruin your fantasy land.
I thought it was pretty neat to have the first African-American president, too. But, I got over it real quick because there's a job to be done. I won't get into detail of how poorly it's being done, spending, or all of the corruption and problems with the country. But, enough with the PC feel-good angle that deals with somebody's race being the main reason to vote for the person, it's stale.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

BeijingBucks's picture

Uh, guys?  Buckeye thread?  Sheesh lighten up and lose the political crap

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

Michael Citro's picture

Play nice, kids, and please stick to the site rules. This is a happy home. Let's keep it that way.

Silverbuck8's picture

Don't have an issue with any athlete feeling their team will win any said game.  Realistically though we all saw the dominance on D in the second half of that game, without Simon.

hail2victors9's picture

Doesn’t Michigan have a consensus All-American left tackle returning in the person of Taylor Lewan?

FIFY, Michael (even though All-B1G is also correct). 
...and he and Schofield will be the starting tackles come Aug. 31, barring the unthinkable.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

Oldschoolbuck's picture

I don't think Gardener will get suspended, his punishment will be "You can't have any pudding!"
Guess who gets the extra helpings?

Earle's picture

Did he not eat his meat?

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

GoBucks713's picture

He ate his meat on date night.

-The Aristocrats!

WC Buckeye's picture

How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

rekrul's picture

Because you have got to eat the pudding....

Out Work, Out Think, Out Play!!!

buckguyfan1's picture

Advantage Buckeyes

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture


jkrk's picture

My stomach is getting full just thinking about how much El Guapo is going to be eating in the Big House.

RBuck's picture

“Off the field, everybody is hanging out with each other, playing video games, going to the movies, whatever it is. I feel like that's building a trust factor we can take over to the football field, where guys are willing to give up everything for each other. That makes a great team."

Meanwhile, The Buckeyes are lifting, running and doing countless 7 on 7's.

Long live the southend.

pjtobin's picture

Any kid that daydreams that much must have ADHD. Or in most cases with scUM players, HIAD.   Which is head in ass disorder. There is no cure for scUM players. 

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

HighBallAce's picture

I believe the appropriate medical term is "Rectal Cranial Inversion"

WC Buckeye's picture


The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

harleymanjax's picture

I think whoever designed the uniforms for Ridgemont HS was abviously a Buckeye fan!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

ScarletGray43157's picture

If you're getting The Team Up North's QB to give you bulletin board material in June, then you just might have a legendary rivalry.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

With the playmakers we have coming into the offense this year TTUN better get ready for next year's game.  It's going to be like a video game for them when the Buckeyes keep scoring points. Here is some pics of TTUN getting ready for next year's game.