Minnesota Safety: Devin Gardner "Panics A Lot"

October 3, 2013 at 10:21a    by DJ Byrnes    
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If you thought there'd be another image in a Buckshot involving Devin Gardner, you'd be wrong.

The most prestigious UM in the Big Ten is playing Michigan this week; it's a "rivalry" that will be played for The Little Brown Jug, which is weird because it doesn't involve ponies. Regardless, Minnesota safety Cedric Thompson has a theory about where a bulk of Gardner's interceptions have come from. 

Take it away, MLive.com:

ANN ARBOR -- Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner has heard plenty of opinions about why he's struggled to stop throwing interceptions this season.

On Wednesday, Minnesota safety Cedric Thompson offered his take to Marcus Fuller of the Pioneer Press in Minneapolis.

"I think he kind of, just, panics a lot," Thompson said in a video interview. "I think when he scrambles, he kind of just throws the ball, that's where a lot of his picks come. But then some of his picks come from tipped balls. It's tough for a quarterback to get unlucky with tipped balls."

Well, Mr. Thompson was was certainly right about the interception thrown in the GIF above, at least.


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hail2victors9's picture

UM will take care of business.
 

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

gobucks96's picture

Ummmm, I'm confused..

Deadly Nuts's picture

Should have said "UM, I'm confused..."

LEBRON

unholy bucknut's picture

I'll take some of that action.

dja.ohio's picture

I'd like to see Minnesota ascend they way Northwestern has under Fitzgerald. Go Gophers!

EnlistedBuckeye's picture

Have you seen the offense they have...the Gophers are scared to death of throwing the ball more than 10 yards. They have very little upside either.

dja.ohio's picture

I know. I just think it's been a shame that no one has been able to build a program that's better than a perennial bottom dweller.

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

They did (ascend much like Northwestern)...and then they fired Glen Mason.

Jonnferrell's picture

Yes, that was one horrible decision by the Minnesota brass.  Not unlike what they did with Tubby last year.  We will see if that one pays off.

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

Haybucks's picture

It's not complicated.  More is better.
Mason's ouster came at the end of his 10th season and two days following his team's historic collapse in a 44-41 loss to Texas Tech in the Insight Bowl.
Mason got his money and the admin got the chance for more wins than Glen could muster, but they were wrong. They've gotten less.
"The Gophers had six consecutive losing seasons before Mason's arrival in 1997.  Mason compiled a 123-121 record, made seven bowl game appearances and built one of the most prolific rushing offenses in NCAA history. However, he had a 32-48 Big Ten record and never finished higher than fourth place in the conference. His teams also never earned a spot in a top-tier bowl game."
"The Gophers started 3-6, including 0-5 in the Big Ten, causing members of the student section to chant "Fire Mason" at several home games."
They might as well have been chanting "We want more!" As we know, more is better than less because if there's more less stuff, then you might want to have some more. What do kids know?
 

 

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

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

If I was a betting man, I would wager that a certain UM whose state borders Canada and who has less than 3 wins against Ohio State since 2001 will win this game.  But I'm not a betting man and I don't like my odds on that one.

FitzBuck's picture

Thanks for clearing that up,  lol

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

hail2victors9's picture

If you had 300 pound men coming through the line after your head, you'd panic, too!  Hopefully the insertion of Chris Bryant at G, and the additional 26 or so pounds added to the line, will help.
If the Oline can't pass protect and the run game can't be consistent, not much is going to change.  If there is no threat of a run game, play action won't work, and Devin's life won't get any easier.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

If you had 300 pound men coming through the line after your head, you'd panic, too! 

Shouldn't he be use to it with Borges and Hoke around?

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

gobucks96's picture

You'd need to give Hoke a day's headstart on that..

rekrul's picture

The line he was referring to was not the buffet...

Out Work, Out Think, Out Play!!!

gobucks96's picture

thought he mentioned when a 300 lb man runs at you...

FitzBuck's picture

So when KK said "there will be blood on the field" was that a prediction he would get his QB killed?  If so he's freaking Nostradamus.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

buck-I.8's picture

Watch some of the Akron clips, there were more than a few plays where Kalis just sort of ran around looking for someone to block while his guy was running at the QB unblocked. 

buck-I.8's picture

The optimistic M fan says "hopefully the insertion of... 26 or so lbs... wil help."
 
The pragmatic watcher of football has to wonder a little bit about Bryant's ability to be a fix-all for the offense, when Borges, in his infinite wisdom, did not deem him competent enough to start on this mediocre line, initially. 
It's not as if the press releases have been "Bryant has been practicing really well and has earned a starting spot", but rather, "The line is a dumpster fire, let's start throwing people in different positions and hope that it works out."
I guess my point is that here, at a site where we criticize Luke Fickell in a week after the LBs and DL played really well, we should be looking across the aisle, if you will, at Al Borges, and wondering if he has any idea what he's doing. I don't think anyone can label Hoke as anything more than an average coach until he assesses his offensive staff, including the fact that UM has no QB coach. 

hail2victors9's picture

No, it's not that simple.  Glasgow shifted from LG to C, pushing Jack Miller (the perceived weak link) out of the lineup; insert Bryant at LG.  Bryant would have [likely] started the season at LG had he not injured his shoulder, and would've pushed for a starting spot last season had he not broken his leg (which may still be a lingering injury-TBD).
So, no, no one thinks that having a 303 lb center instead of a 290 lb center and a 316 lb LG instead of a 303 lb LG is an automatic improvement.  But after seeing the line's inconsistencies and ton of negative yard plays allowed, it can't get much worse.
Even if all works out according to plan, I don't think it can be summed up as Bryan is the fix-all.  But, if the line changes improves the run games or gives Devin a half second longer to throw, maybe, just maybe, things will improve.
 

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

buck-I.8's picture

My point is, if Miller was the weak link from the beginning, why was Glasgow not there to begin with? If Miller is such a swinging door, wouldn't it have made sense to try anyone else at LG with GG at center? As you said, it couldn't have gotten worse. 
from what I've seen, the entire interior line seems to get beat simultaneously, which is impressively bad, and like I said above , Kalis looks lost more often than a kid with a redshirt year and such a high ceiling should. Additionally, if Bryant is still nursing a leg injury, which it appears that Hoke is implying is the case, his effectiveness may be marginal at best. 
I hope for your sake that the line turns out to be adequate, but it just seems strange that a position group that coaches and bloggers were praising as better than expected in the preseason could look so bad so fast. 

Hello_Heisman's picture

I don't have the world's greatest answer for you but I think the logic went something like this:
- Miller was the only natural scholarship C on the team with multiple years of college experience (which was primarily comprised of riding the bench, but I digress).
- Glasgow could play either G or C and got a lot of reps in Spring and Fall camp playing C. 
- If you don't have Miller or Glasgow at C, the next logical choice from a talent perspective is a true freshman (Kugler).  Probably not the greatest idea to insert a true freshman at C on the OL if you can avoid it.
- Glasgow and Kalis were the best options at G, with the next best being the perpetually hurt Bryant.  After that, the other choices were walk-ons or true freshmen.
- Since Bryant couldn't stay healthy during camp, starting him at G during the season wasn't a viable option.
- This meant that Michigan was faced with the choice of:  1.  Playing Glasgow at C and a walk-on or true freshman at RG or; 2.  Playing Glasgow at G and taking a chance on Miller at C.
- Difficult choices like this tend to arise when you bring in a bare minimum of scholarship offensive linemen over 3 full recruiting cycles.
- The depth that Michigan has on its OL is primarily at the RS freshman and true freshman level at the moment.
All this said, Kalis, Bryant and Glasgow have size and talent, whereas Miller does not appear to have either.  Kalis has definitely made some mistakes out there, but the real weak link has been Miller.  If they can at least get something serviceable out of the interior of the OL, they should be ok considering how good the tackles are.
 

60% of the time it works.....every time

hail2victors9's picture

I think it would've made sense to move Glasgow to center, earlier.  First, this coaching staff has seemed to be hesitant to make a lot of changes to the 1st team, thus far.  Additionally, they may not have been ready to stick someone else in the LG spot, even though they preached how other guys have been close (just waiting on Bryant).
That's all I've got---what I hear and read.  I'm just a fan, and not the talent evaluating kind.  I recognize bad, but couldn't tell you why.  From all that I've gathered, Kalis has done more good than bad, and is where he was expected to be.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

Hello_Heisman's picture

My sense was that they didn't make a move earlier because Bryant kept getting hurt.  They knew the first part of the schedule was pretty soft and figured they could roll Miller out there for a few weeks to see if the line could gel.  And after 2 weeks, the results weren't horrible.  The problem was the Akron and UCONN games, which were downright pitiful in terms of O-Line performance.  But other than waiting for Bryant to get healthy, what could they really do?  If they had moved Glasgow to C earlier, then who would have taken over at G if Bryant was still hurt?  I think that's part of the reason why they were so hesitant to make a change. 

60% of the time it works.....every time

Idaho Helga's picture

Additional 26 pounds?   I take it that you mean by Bryant and not because Hoke brought doughnuts.
 
(serial down voter is loose. Fixed it.)

shortbus20's picture

Wow  I am impressed that you are able to fix downvotes...It must come with the Premier membership which I have yet to attain.

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Idaho Helga's picture

I'm not even close to be the first to post that. I'm simply sharing that the serial down voter who hits hail and heisman should be reversed, which is what I did with an upvote.  Frankly I'm not into the voting stuff very much but I do like to undo a wrong when I see one.   

harleymanjax's picture

Does Captain Obvious play for Minnesota?
In other news, the sky is blue and Michigan still sucks!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Idaho Helga's picture

I had a farm where we gassed them and their damn tunnels....but this week: Go Gophers!

Hovenaut's picture

Devin's ducks....it's okay:

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

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Serious question for TTUN fans:
What are the thoughts on Kalis in the local circles?  Is he developing on schedule?  Is he underperforming? Is the staff disappointed?
 
 

Hello_Heisman's picture

Kalis isn't going to be an All-America this year or anything, but he's been fine for a RS freshman playing on the OL.  He's shown some good flashes, made some mistakes, but he hasn't been consistently destroyed like Miller.  There's been no talk or rumblings of benching Kalis.

60% of the time it works.....every time

MN Buckeye's picture

While Jerry Kill has done a reasonably good job rebuilding UMN after the (worst-ever head coach) Tim Brewster era, they are a long way from being a legitimate contender in the B1G. A bad team like Iowa exposed a fundamentally unsound offensive line last week, and there is not enough talent overall to validate the Kill regime. But they may have enough together to beat MI this weekend.

unholy bucknut's picture

I think TSUN wins another ugly turnover happy game. Gallon will make an amazing catch and bail Gardner out. Take away Gallon catch poorly thrown balls for Gardner and where would TSUN be... Not undefeated.

MN Buckeye's picture

UMN is still reeling from the 2003 game, which they had well in hand and let slip away. That and the 2004 game helped lead to Glen Mason leaving; he was the best coach they had for more than two decades and is still very respected here in the Twin Cities.

buckeyestu's picture

Would be sweet if Minnesota curb stomps scum, but i doubt it will happen.

buckskin's picture

I'd like to see Kill and MN get a win, but Michigan has too much talent. 
I hated to see Glen Mason get canned at MN.  That guy is all Buckeye after lobbying in the press for the OSU coaching job (which never happens).  He was a hell of a coach who had that program up and going.