Nov 30, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) looks to pass during the third quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Football: Doug Nussmeier says he’s going to protect Devin Gardner


The 2013 college football season got off to a hot start for QB Devin Gardner and the Michigan Wolverines. But then, everything fell apart down the stretch and Gardner took a beating, even having to miss the bowl game loss to Kansas State with an injury.

However, new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, whom Michigan lured away from the clutches of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Nick Saban, is set to change that, especially that part about Gardner taking a pounding on the field.

“We don’t want our quarterback to take a pounding for three quarters and expect him to make good throws in the fourth,” Nussmeier said. “You’ve got to be able to win games in the fourth quarter. You have to be able to execute when you’re tired, when you’re uncomfortable…learning to execute when things aren’t exactly the way you want them.”

And of course, this is music to Gardner’s ears.

“I got a little beat up last year,” Gardner said. “I chose to play quarterback so I’d get a chance to pass. I’d rather not get my abilities abused. (Nussmeier) was adamant in saying that’s not going to happen. I’m excited about that”

Now, Nussmeier doesn’t have the offensive line at Michigan that he had at Alabama to keep AJ McCarron protected, so it’ll be interesting to see how this theory works out.

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