The Michigan football program is one of the most highly decorated in the nation over the last 100 years. However, after getting thumped in the 2012 season opener by Alabama as the No. 8-ranked team in the nation, this current crop of Wolverines may not be the most elite in the school’s history.
Quarterback Devin Gardner is overlooking last year and looking to 2013. In a Monday interview on the “Huge Show” on WBBL 107.3 FM, Gardner did not mince words when it came to expressing how confident he feels in himself and his team heading into another year loaded with expectations.
“Ecstatic,” Gardner said on the “Huge Show,” via The Detroit Free Press. “That’s the one word I can think of that describes this season and how I feel about it.”
Now for the fun part. It would not be a legitimate interview with a Michigan star without talking about Ohio State. The Buckeyes were unable to compete in the postseason a year ago, so they treated the season finale against the Maize ‘n Blue as their title game. OSU would go on to beat Michigan and finish its first year under Urban Meyer at 12-0.
The 2013 season is a new year, and Gardner believes that will bring a new result.
“We always have room for improvement, but this is definitely a championship-caliber football team that will win in the Big House against Ohio State,” Gardner said. “We don’t feel we’re inferior to anyone in the country, and we’re going to give it our all.”
In order to plow through what should be an improved Big Ten following last year’s debacle and then beat Ohio State, the Wolverines are going to have to give it their all — and then some.
We do respect the confidence of this team’s leader, but Gardner’s comment will undoubtedly be on the bulletin board in the OSU locker room today.