Gardner Responds to Criticism

Devin Gardner responds to lack of "toughness" claims aster U-M's loss to Nebraska 17-13. W/Video

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Devin Gardner has been sacked 14 times in two weeks, which has resulted in two straight Michigan losses and a combined total of minus-69 yards rushing.

Which has some – including a national columnist – questioning the overall "toughness" of the football team.

And Gardner responded to the media criticism shortly after the Wolverines fell to Nebraska, 17-13, on Saturday.

"Whoever questions our toughness, they shove it," Gardner said. "I look into those guys eyes in the huddle and they're tough guys and are going out fighting for me. So I don't care what any of you or whoever said that, says."

Michigan (6-3, 2-3 Big Ten) ran for minus-21 yards rushing Saturday, which officially knocked the Wolverines out of the Big Ten Legends Division race.

"There were a lot of tough plays out there," Gardner said. "sometimes you don't get them. It's not happening consistency every play."

Gardner, who ran for minus-32 yards on 16 carries against the Cornhuskers (7-2, 4-1) defense, says he was healthy enough to play and is dealing with no major injuries after the loss.

"If I am out there, I am fine," Gardner said. "Everybody is beat up in November. It's not a guys out there running around fresh, unless they haven't played hard or given their all for their team."

While Gardner finished the game with 196 yards passing on 18-of-27 throws with one touchdown, he said his effort still isn't good enough if the Wolverines want to compete down the stretch.

"I am the quarterback," Gardner said. " I am chose to make plays, and I didn't make enough plays today to help my football team win."

Michigan will take on Northwestern next Saturday in Evanston, Ill.

GoBlueWolverine.com Recommended Stories


  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


Tweets