Former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner spends his offseason giving back to emerging players in the community.
WATCH: Former Michigan QB Devin Gardner Might Have a Future in Coaching
Devin Gardner is a natural leader.
You could see it during his playing days at Michigan, and it’s continued to this day.
The former Wolverines starter has spent his past few years playing professional ball in Japan, but he returns home to metro Detroit every offseason. And he doesn’t sit idly by during his downtime.
Gardner has become something of a mentor to several rising quarterbacks. Michigan, notably, just offered one of them — 2023 QB Dante Moore, a seventh-grader-to-be, who already stands at 6-foot-2 and has a lot of physical tools you look for in a quarterback, even at such an early age.
On Monday, Gardner was back on the field at Oak Park high school, working with Moore; Central Michigan pledge, 2019 Detroit (MI) King QB Dequan Finn — who Gardner is particularly high on and Morehouse College freshman Michael Sims.
WolverinesWire took in some of Gardner’s work on Monday with the young quarterbacks, seeing in person how the former Wolverine may have a future in coaching.
It’s not the first time that Gardner has been actively involved in coaching youth.
When Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh arrived the year after Gardner graduated, the former dual-threat quarterback was part of the guest coaching staff for the first two years of the A4: Ann Arbor’s Aerial Assault QB camp.
Last year, Michigan didn’t have guest coaches for A4, but Gardner still found a way to be involved, coaching middle-school aged kids as part of the university’s Youth Impact Program.