Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
What position would you give Devin Gardner for postseason consideration?
He spent eight games at wideout catching 16 passes for 266 yards and four scores. That's most of the season. The last four games were back at his normal position of quarterback, though, and there Gardner excelled with over 1,000 yards of total offense and 15 total touchdowns in those four starts.
So really, for the purposes of the all-Big Ten team, where do you put Gardner?
Turns out it's a moot question, because Devin Gardner didn't make anybody's list at all.
You're telling us a guy who stepped in at wide receiver over the offseason, was remarkably productive for being a first-year player at his position then stepped right back in at QB and fixed a major, major problem after the Nebraska game can't even get an honorable mention nod? Heck, Iowa OL Matt Tobin was named honorable mention by the coaches, and he might have been the worst offensive lineman in the Big Ten.
Look at it this way: Between passing, rushing and receiving, Gardner was a part of 19 touchdowns in 2012. Montee Ball was a part of 18. Gardner spent two-thirds of his season at an unfamiliar position and he was still sixth in the Big Ten in total points responsible for.
But no, lord no, don't include him in so much as an all-conference honorable mention team.