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|Devin Gardner was red hot in the red zone after taking over at QB last season.|
Gardner had such a high total QBR because of his play in the red zone and on third down. Michigan excelled in the red zone with Gardner at quarterback, scoring on all 18 trips, including 15 touchdowns. Gardner accounted for 13 of the Wolverines’ 15 red-zone touchdowns (six pass, seven rush) and did not have any turnovers. His touchdown percentage (40 percent) was third highest by any FBS player with at least 15 pass attempts.
Gardner had a total QBR of 98.3 on third down, second best among players with at least 25 action plays. All 15 of his completions on third down led to either a touchdown or a first down. He was responsible for 11 touchdowns on third down, tied for 10th most in the nation with Matt Barkley.