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There isn't a more polarizing quarterback in the Big Ten than Michigan's Devin Gardner, and after watching his 2013 season, you can see why. He had glimpses of greatness (Notre Dame and Ohio State) followed up by utterly disappointing results.
He threw for more than 200 yards in eight of his 12 games, twice going over the 400-yard mark and even throwing for a school record 503 yards against Indiana. However, he also mustered up just 98 yards at Iowa and 97 yards against UConn on the road.
It was that Jekyll-and-Hyde nature of his 2012 season that holds him back from being higher on the list.
Overall, the numbers are far from bad, as Gardner completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 2,960 yards and 21 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. He added 483 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground as well.
Most schools would take those numbers, but then again, most schools also don't have a quarterback who can be so dynamic and so bad on a week-to-week basis either.
The encouraging part of his game was his ability to cut down on the interceptions. He had 11 through eight games but didn't throw a single INT over the final four games of the regular season.
He never saw action in the bowl game thanks to a foot injury, but it appears like he will be a limited participant throughout spring. As long as he is healthy, it could take a lot to unseat him as the starter in Ann Arbor.
With a new offensive coordinator, Gardner could be in for a huge season, or he will get passed over for a more prototypical pro-style guy in Shane Morris. Gardner may not be able to prove a lot this spring with his injury, but look for him to put in the mental reps needed to impressive the new coach.