Devin Gardner recently gave us his thoughts about his approach to the Elite 11 camp and his development as a quarterback. "They told me not to run 40s and do all that stuff, but I was like 'I've made myself better,' " Gardner said.
"'I have to go out here and show what I can do.' (Inkster) Coach (Greg) Carter said, 'Oh, you want to be the best in the country?' and I said, 'That's right.' I ran a 4.57 electric (timed) 40. I proved that I was fast and I could throw."
"The counselors were great and guys like (NFL quarterback) Carson Palmer were there," Gardner said of the camp. "It was a great atmosphere. We were even competing against the counselors, so it was all competition. I got a chance to know Joe and Robert, but when it was time to perform, we were out there trying to beat each other."
Although Gardner comes across as a very humble, modest kid, don't mistake it for a lack of drive or ambition. "I'm just a kid. People think I'm a cool guy; I'm not that cool. I'm just a regular guy, but I love to have the ball in my hands on every play."