Saturday, November 22, 2014

2014 Michigan Gameday #11: vs. Maryland

(Apologies for posting so little recently--it's a busy time of the year!)

It's Senior Day on a freezing rain-y day in Ann Arbor, a day that'll see Michigan's final 2014 home game, a matchup against new Big Ten/14 member Maryland.  The Wolverines ride a season-high two-game winning streak into the tilt with the Terps, and they still have something to play for:  bowl eligibility.  It's been a rough year, but getting to the postseason would be kinda nice.  One more win would do it, and beating OSU next week is pretty much out of the question, so today is do or die.

It's also a day to thank some guys for all the blood, sweat, and tears they put in during their time in Ann Arbor.  The most well-known of the bunch include defensive stalwarts Brennen Beyer, Jake Ryan, and Raymon Taylor, plus special-teamers Will Hagerup and Matt Wile.

But perhaps the most deserving of praise is QB Devin Gardner, a redshirt senior who's been through multiple coaches and OCs, an offensive line in name only, and even several position switches.  He would have been excused if he took any of multiple opportunities to leave or quit, especially after a marked regression in performance the past couple seasons due to the reasons above plus constant injuries that usually resulted from trying to carry the team on his back (and legs).  Because of the importance of wins his ultimate legacy will be missed, but I'll remember him as a quality person that played through adversity and pain and gave his all for his team.  Thank you, Devin Gardner!

So what are we waiting for?  Who cares if Hoke is likely a lame duck coach and a potential bowl game is a crappy one?  Let's go out there and win today for everyone that's ever cared about this team.



  1. I have lots of respect for Gardner and it sucks that his legacy should have been so much more. I certainly wish him the best in the future and I hope an NFL team sees through the adversity he had to endure and takes a chance with him.

  2. Yep, can't exactly blame Devin that every single coach for Michigan today proved they have no business being on that sideline. Good riddance to this staff, especially after we get embarrassed again next weekend!