How long until he isn't inexperienced? I read all the time on this forum that after so many starts freshmen should no longer be considered freshmen....just wondering when we can stop with all this "inexperienced QB" crap.
Gardner is still, by most standards, highly inexperienced. He played well at the end of last season, but he's played more WR than QB thus far in his career. And even though the plan was always to move him back to QB at some point, the switch has forced him to lose many reps and stunt his progress.
He doesn't have the same, innate, second-nature-type feel of other top QBs yet. That kind of pocket presence comes only through repetition. And right now, Gardner doesn't have enough of it. This will get better with time.
Gardner still struggles reading pressure schemes. That's another thing that comes with time and experience. Just as teams start to find ways to scheme against him, he will learn how to play better against those schemes the more he sees them.
The OL is doing Gardner no favors and that sh*t needs to get figured out. Zero push against UConn as they dominated the LOS and he rarely has time to set his feet and throw.
Also, the WRs aren't helping him right now, as virtually no one is getting open and Chessen stopped running his deep route or else he has an easy TD.
He's still 4-0 this season and has 2 weeks to prepare for the Gophers so I expect him to regain his confidence and lead this team.
P.S. Gardner had the best QBR of any QB in the country last season in the final 5 games so it's not like the talent isn't there. He just needs to continue to work.
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