Note: Sorry for the repeat. But this spring game footage is pretty good and shows the good and bad from just about everyone worth mentioning. Notice Gardner's panic pass at 3:20. There were a few of those.
There's no doubting Devin Gardner's potential. At 6'4" and 218 pounds, the redshirt senior quarterback has the skills to lead the Wolverines. He's always had the skills. But he hasn't always shown them.
After taking a beating from Michigan State, Gardner was ridiculed for his lack of poise in the pocket and poor decision-making abilities. And really, that was the story after more than a few games. Unfortunately, the argument held water. The complaints were warranted.
Gardner just didn't play well. But again, he's much better than the guy who was sacked 34 times in 2013. His arm has 3,000-yard, 25-touchdown potential. Despite the turbulent 7-6 season that was, he completed 60 percent of his passes and 21 touchdowns.
But he also threw 11 picks. On the bright side, he curbed that problem and became steadier as the year progressed. He wasn't half-bad against Ohio State, either. Showing great commitment to his teammates, he played on a bum foot during the late stretch and often shouldered blame for the team's mistakes.
There are mixed messages coming out of Ann Arbor. Is Gardner really in a race with Shane Morris? Could the sophomore southpaw overthrow the veteran?
If so, that's bad news for Gardner.
Only Hoke and Nussmeier know for sure.