January 31, 2009

Bears Target Top Junior QB

In 2008 Robert Griffin set the Big 12 record for consecutive passes to start a career without an interception, he finished 27th in the nation in passing efficiency, and was voted Big 12 offensive freshman of the year by the conference coaches.

Griffin may still have three more years left with the bears, but coaches always have to have an eye to the future, and the future may be Detroit (MI) Inkster dual-threat quarterback Devin Gardner.

The quarterback position will be an important spot to fill in the 2010 class, because the player signed will likely take over as the starting quarterback after a redshirt season, and one season watching Griffin as his backup.

"The head coach Art Briles came up to my high school in Michigan this week to watch one of my basketball games," said Gardner. "He told me that he came all the way up to Michigan to find the best quarterback in the country."

At 6-4 and nearly 200 lbs, Gardner has the size and speed that make him a dangerous threat running the ball, but he is more developed throwing the ball than many other dual threat quarterbacks his age. Gardner excelled at the Elite Eleven camp last summer, and has displayed his strong accuracy in other underclassmen camps and combines.

Living in the heart of Big Ten territory, Gardner isn't very familiar with Baylor University, but he'll be doing his research on them in the near future.

"I was told that Baylor offered me a month ago, but I didn't know about it until this week," said Gardner. "I don't know much about Baylor, but Coach Briles told me that he'll send me some video from their season last year so I can get to know their offense and they way they run things."

Gardner grew up a fan of Ohio State and Michigan, but he maintains that every team that has offered him is even at this point. He is busy with basketball season right now, but he has taken visits to Columbus and Ann Arbor recently, and he may make a trip to Michigan State this weekend.

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