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• Appeared in the first four games on the 2019 season, playing a season-high seven snaps vs. Miami (Ohio).
• Is in his third season with the football program.
• Played in 10 games in 2018, mostly on special teams, after red-shirting the 2017 season as a true freshman.
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• Gardiner garnered tremendous attention in January 2017 and chose the Buckeyes over an SEC school, a Big 12 power and multiple in-state schools.
• Playing for 3A Kemp High School, Gardiner was listed as the No. 27 wide receiver prospect in the Midlands region.
• He was the No. 133 receiver nationally by ESPN and No. 137 by 247Sports.
• ESPN rated him among the Top 100 prospects in talent-rich Texas.
• Gardiner played everywhere for head coach Brandon Hankins in leading Kemp to back-to-back state playoff appearances, including its first appearance since 2008 in 2015.
• Only played receiver for two years and also played quarterback, running back and cornerback.
• In final game of his career, he helped Kemp score 36 fourth quarter points and come back from three 21-point deficits by throwing for two touchdowns plus a two-point conversion, and rushing for two touchdowns and another two-point conversion.
• Named all-district in Class 3A in 2016.
• A state 3A qualifier in track and field in the triple jump.
• Also long jumped and ran the 200 meters.
• Honorable mention East Texas Dream Team in basketball by The (Malakoff) News.
• Is the son of Brandy Odell and Loyce Myers.
• Is a human development and family science major.