Should Devin Gardner Become Full-Time Receiver for Michigan Wolverines?

Colan LamontAnalyst IIAugust 14, 2012

Devin Gardener's switch to receiver has been well documented, but do you think the quarterback should make the switch permanent?

Spring practice was his first experience at receiver, so he is obviously raw. But he is splitting time between training as a quarterback and as a receiver right now, and it's hard to disagree with a 6'4", 200-pound frame being a red-zone threat.

Gardner is being used as a receiver to offset the departures of Junior Hemmingway and Darryl Stonum.

Leading receiver Roy Roundtree has also undergone surgery, so there is no doubt that Gardner is needed at receiver for the moment.

But what if Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh become impact freshmen?

In that case, it's possible he could revert back to his backup quarterback role.

Gardner told Kyle Meinke of that he still has dreams of becoming the next starting Michigan quarterback:

If you don’t think that way, there’s no way you can be the starting quarterback for any team, not just Michigan...You have to think that way, even if in the back of your mind, "Well, maybe I won't have a shot." You have to be ready.

You have to admire the team-first attitude of Gardner, as I'm sure many aspiring quarterbacks would scoff at the notion of becoming pass-catchers.

Unfortunately for Gardner, I still see Shane Morris starting as a true freshman in 2013, and I'm not sure Gardner will want to be a backup again as a senior.

I'm not a fan of seeing players split time at two positions.

To me, you are either a receiver or a quarterback, and that's it come game time.

Michigan simply has to get Gardner on the field, and unless he shines a hell of a lot in practice a a quarterback, I can't help but think that his switch to receiver isn't temporary.