The Tops begin spring practice March 17.
FINAL SCORE: WKU 66, Old Dominion 51
Brandon Doughty threw for 365 in one half of action.
Career Game Highs:
- Total Tackles - 5, four times (Last vs. LA Tech, 12/3/16)
- Solo Tackles - 5 at Marshall (11/26/16)
- Pass Breakups - 2 vs. LA Tech (12/3/16)
2016 (r-Jr.) | 14/6: Gardner returned from injury and played in all 14 games with six starts including the final four games of the season. He finished the year with a career-best 35 tackles (20 solo) with four pass breakups and a half-tackle for loss at Marshall. With Gardner inserted in the starting lineup, the Hilltoppers allowed just 19.2 points per game, a completion percentage of just 54 percent, and a third-down conversion rate of 27 percent (23 of 86). He had a career and season-best five tackles in four games (at LA Tech, at Middle Tennessee, at Marshall and vs. LA Tech) with all five tackles against MT registered as solo tackles. Gardner broke up two passes in the Conference USA Championship Game against LA Tech, a new career and season-best.
2015 (r-So.): Gardner missed the season due to injury.
2014 (r-Fr.): Gardner saw time in eight games on the season as a reserve defensive back, primarily at safety. He tallied four tackles (three solo) on the year with a season-high two coming in the season opener. Gardner's biggest moment of the season was a 96-yard interception return for touchdown against Old Dominion. It was the longest defensive touchdown in school history and ended a furious scoring rally between the offenses as WKU shutout the Monarchs in that fourth quarter. For that play, he was named the CFPA Honorable Mention National Defensive Back of the Week.
2013 (Fr.): Gardner redshirted his first season on The Hill.
HS/Misc: Gardner intercepted six passes and returned three back for touchdowns in his final two years at duPont Manual leading the Crimsons to a 9-3 season in 2011 before falling to state and national champion Trinity (Louisville) in the second round of the Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. Gardner had five interceptions in 2011 to lead the team in that category. The 6-1, 200-pound defensive back tallied 99 total tackles in his final two years at duPont Manual, including 55 stops in his senior season of 2012. Gardner led a Crimson defensive backfield that allowed less than 120 yards per game through the air in his senior campaign, intercepting one pass in his final season. Gardner was named an Honorable Mention All-State performer while also being mentioned as a 2012 Best of the Bluegrass All-Star. Gardner also used his athleticism in track, running for the Crimson track program as well.