Sam McNearney, Joshua Rogers and Adrian Gardner went from walk-ons to scholarship athletes
Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU
A non-scholarship player who joined the roster in 2011... entering his fourth year in the program and has steadily moved up the depth chart.
2014 (junior): Saw action at NC State (Nov. 8) ... Saw action against Virginia (Nov. 1)... Saw action against Miami (Oct. 4) ... Saw action at Virginia Tech (Sept.20)...Saw action vs. Georgia Southern (Sept. 13) ... Saw action at Tulane (Sept. 6) ... Saw action against Wofford (Aug. 30).
2103 (sophomore): Saw action in three games (vs. Elon, Syracuse and Alabama A&M)... recorded a tackle in the season opener against Elon (Aug. 31).
2012 (redshirt freshman): Saw action in one game, vs. Presbyterian (Sept. 8)... made one tackle against the Blue Hose... was a consistent performer on the scout team.
2011 (true freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Terrell County HS... played four years of football for coach William Huff... served two years as team captain... played on both the offensive and defensive lines... the Wendy's High School Heisman Scholar... named to the all-region academic team... also ran track and played basketball... set the school record in the shot put.
Personal: Given name is Adrian Shondell Gardner... parents are John and Gwendolyn... born March 11, 1993 in Albany, Ga... has three siblings -- Trenton, Jerproncia and Torrance... cousin, Thomas Davis, played with the Carolina Panthers... majoring in science, technology and culture.