November 10, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (12) avoids a tackle by Northwestern Wildcats cornerback Demetrius Dugar (22) in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan -- Stuff from the Northwestern Game

Posted at 5:30am — 11/13/2012

Michigan Football: Tidbits from MaizeMan — Stuff from the Northwestern Game

Here is a small sample of MaizeMan’s post from the message board. Might want to join the message board to read the entire post and see what others have contributed to the post as well.

Just some miscellanous comments.

1) Devin
One more time, let me go back an rehash some history with Devin. Two years ago during spring practice (the scrimmage before the spring game is the scrimmage coaches put the most emphasis) Eroc and myself were present. Denard ran the first group, Devin the 2nd. Due to injuries, Devin basically had a make-shift OL with numerous walk-ons. In that scrimmage, Denard was unable to construct a scoring drive, in fact, it was that scrimmage that Eroc and I both reported the progress of our defense (Big Will in particular). Devin, however, playing against both the 1st and 2nd team defense was able to put together 3 scoring drives.

If posters would go back and read comments, we both said that QB was our strongest position and noted that our 2 best players on the team played the same position.

Fast forward to last fall and Denard was our QB and people forget that team did beat OSU and go the the Sugar Bowl (Devin played very little QB) and as season wore on Devin started to pout, lost interest in football, at times became an attitude problem, he stopped working as hard, lost some of his fundamentals, etc.

It was during last off-season (and especially in spring) we saw a completely different Devin. To be frank, Devin looked horrible last spring in practice, at QB, the gap between Denard and Devin had grown.

Now, that is not to say that Devin is still one of the best players on UM’s football team. He is. And when he dedicates himself, he will be a very good QB.

That is why I kept telling people before all of this, that next spring, Devin would be the favorite to win the QB job.

Question? Should the coaches have planned better for a potential Denard injury? Yes, of course, it was a coaching mistake.

November 10, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (12) passes the ball against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Did anyone imagine Devin would play this well? NO.

There have been reports that the staff has slacked off in recruiting. I happen to believe Michigan coaches are doing everything they can under the guidelines, but the perception of some of our remaining recruits is we have slacked off. This is not acceptable and needs to be addressed.

Doesn’t it seem like Michigan always seems to have problems recruiting a certain position. In the past we have struggled with DT’s, then LB’s and safeties, now it seems like it is WR’s.

5) Most improved player, this one is easy, Q-Washington.

(IMO) this team has a long way to go and needs a huge off-season and some consistency on offense.

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