A speedy, two-year starter who transferred from Notre Dame after his freshman season ... started his final 27 games at cornerback ... a solid tackler ... tallied over 130 tackles as a junior and senior ... an Iron Terp in 2005 who missed several tests in the spring of 2006 due to injury ... also did not test the spring of 2007 because of a shoulder injury ... set the school record for defensive backs with a 42-inch vertical jump in the spring of 2006 ... his 390-pound bench is third all-time among Terp DBs.
as a Senior (2007): Started all 13 games at cornerback ... ranked fifth on the team with a career-high 69 tackles ... led the team with 10 pass breakups ... tied for seventh in the ACC and 72nd in the nation in passes defended (0.92 pg) ... tied for second on the team with two interceptions ... matched his career-high in tackles (eight) four times ... (vs. OSU in the Emerald Bowl) ... equaled his career high with eight tackles ... also broke up one pass ... (vs. NCSU) ... recorded four tackles and broke up a pair of passes ... (vs. FSU) ... had four tackles ... (vs. BC) ... recorded six tackles, including five solo ... also had two pass breakups ... (vs. UNC) ... had four tackles ... also picked off a deep T.J. Yates pass in the second half ... (vs. Clemson) ... tied a career-high with eight tackles ... broke up a pass in the end zone to force a Tiger field goal ... (vs. UVA) ... made three tackles and broke up one pass ... (vs. GT) ... forced a fumble and broke up one pass to go along with seven total tackles ... five of his tackles were solo stops, which matched a career high ... (vs. RU) ... notched three tackles and broke up a pass ... (vs. WFU) ... tied a career high with eight tackles, while adding four solo stops ... assisted on a tackle for loss ... grabbed his first interception of the year and returned it three yards ... (vs. WVU) ... posted six tackles, including four solo ... (vs. FIU) ... played and recorded three tackles ... part of a defensive effort that limited FIU to 81 yards passing and 82 yards rushing ... (vs. Villanova) ... recorded three tackles and broke up one pass as defense limited Wildcats to just 28 yards in the second half ... missed all of the spring while rehabbing from shoulder surgery.
as a Junior (2006): Started all 13 games at cornerback ... finished the season fifth on the team in tackles with 63 stops ... ranked second on the team in passes defended with five (four breakups and one pick) ... (vs. PU in the Champs Sports Bowl) ... posted a team-high six tackles, including a five solo stops, which tied a career high ... (vs. WF) ... posted his first career interception while matching his career-high with eight tackles (four solo) ... (vs. BC) ... recorded two solo tackles ... (vs. Miami) ... forced a fumble on a late fourth-quarter punt (recovered by J.J. Justice) which sealed the 14-13 win ... also recorded seven tackles (five solo) ... (vs. Clemson) ... notched seven tackles, including a career-best five solo stops ... (vs. FSU) ... recorded five tackles (four solo) and a pass breakup ... (vs. NC St.) ... notched five tackles (three solo) ... (vs. UVa) ... sparked the team's turnaround with his fumble recovery at the 1-yard line on a muffed punt in the third quarter ... also notched three tackles ... (vs. GT) ... notched five tackles (four solo) ... (vs. FIU) ... posted two solo tackles and a pass breakup ... (vs. WVU) ... notched two tackles, one solo ... (vs. MT) ... led the team with a career-best eight tackles, including four unassisted ... also broke up two passes, one in the back of the end zone in the third quarter.
as a Sophomore (2005): Saw action in 10 games, starting one at cornerback ... finished the season with 15 tackles (nine solo) and two pass breakups ... (vs. UVa) ... recorded a season-high four tackles, including three solos ... (at WFU) ... broke up passes on consecutive plays in the fourth quarter to impede the Deacons' comeback attempt ... (vs. Navy) ... made first career start as a Terp, playing cornerback.
as a Redshirt Freshman (2004): Sat out the season in compliance of NCAA transfer rules ... worked with the Terrapins' defensive scout team.
as a Freshman (2003 at Notre Dame): Redshirt season.
at Salem High School: A three-year letterwinner who rushed for 1,068 yards and 18 touchdowns in seven games, while also playing cornerback his senior year ... an all-state pick as junior when he rushed for 1,118 yards and 25 touchdowns and caught 25 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns ... finished his career with 2,415 yards rushing and 47 touchdowns ... named a SuperPrep and theislands.com All-American ... was an ESPN.com top 30 running back and theislands.com top 25 back ... was listed as Virginia's top running back by Rivals.com ... ranked 11th on The Sporting News/Student Sports High School Football magazine of the East's best running backs ... an all-city and all-conference selection his junior and senior years ... team MVP and captain as a senior ... also ran track, competing in the sprints.
Personal: Born Jan. 16, 1985 ... parents are Frances Knight and Ronald Gardner ... a competitive gymnast from the ages of 8-12 ... majored in criminology and criminal justice and graduated in December 2007.
Gardner's Career Statistics
Defense G-GS UT AT TT TFL Sacks FC FR PBU Int. 2004 Sat out due to NCAA transfer rules 2005 10-1 9 6 15 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 2 0-0 2006 13-13 41 22 63 0.0-0 0.0-0 1 1 4 1-4 2007 13-13 38 31 69 0.5-0 0.0-0 1 0 10 2-4 Career 36-27 88 59 147 0.5-0 0.0-0 2 1 16 3-8