Will he? Or won’t we? As the rumor mill churns, the question still looms large. Will Devin Gardner pursue playing wide receiver for Team 133? My response to that question would be simply put. Why not?
The misuse of an eligibility year by Rich Rodriguez started this whole mess. If Gardner only were to be redshirted his Freshman year, we would be talking about two more years after Denard Robinson, not one. With Robinson being the main man this year, Gardner must do what he can in order to see the field.
My opinion? Gardner is all about the team, obviously. So seeing a few snaps elsewhere can only be a positive addition to the squad. Opposing defenses wouldn’t know how to defend a play that involves Gardner lining up as a receiver. The threat of a trick play is always there.
Not to mention, Gardner has nice size. At 6-4, 205 lbs with speed, he is a favorable match-up against lesser defensive backs he will see. Also, there is video of Gardner in an unknown camp catching some balls. He has impressive hands. That video can be viewed, here (his catches begin at the 43 second mark). Seeing video like this can only be encouraging, and he looks capable or filling in at wide receiver in some capacity.
I doubt this possible move will be permanent, though nothing is promised. With highly touted recruit Shane Morris coming to town next fall, the situation could get muddy. At the end of the day, the best player wins the starting job.
If Gardner wants to help the team in other areas, you let him. If it doesn’t work out, he’s still a quarterback with love for the Michigan Wolverines. He will wait patiently for the opportunity.