All eyes were on quarterback Devin Gardner during Michigan’s media day Sunday, August 11.
Unlike most of his teammates, the redshirt junior couldn’t get a break in the action, meeting with swarms of reporters throughout the hour-long locker room session.
That’s what comes with being the new face of Michigan football.
Gardner has the tough task of trying to replace Denard Robinson who was special both on and off the field. Robinson is now playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL.
“I feel like I did everything right. I waited my turn like I should, and now it’s my time,” said Gardner. “Being the guy, it’s like living the dream.”
Gardner, who holds a 3-2 record so far as a starting quarterback for the Wolverines, is working hard to make sure his team is successful this season.
“Losing a game is not acceptable,” Gardner said about his record last year and the expectations for this season. “We’ve watched a lot of film in the off-season, trying to correct some mistakes that we made last year.”
“I enjoy playing football, so much to the point where I get sad when practice is over,” Gardner said.
Gardner has high hopes for the Wolverines in his first season as a full-time starter, stating it’s national championship or bust this season.
Since the Bowl Championship Series was introduced 15 years ago, 10 first-year quarterbacks have led their team to the national championship. Five of them won the title.
With his evolving leadership skills and the improvements made over the off-season, Gardner could increase those numbers in January.