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 (Redshirt Junior): Saw action in nine games ... Has not recorded any stats.
2013 (Redshirt Sophomore): Saw action in three games (vs. Elon, Syracuse and Alabama A&M) ... Recorded 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 Blue Hose ... Was consistent performer on scout team.
2011 (True Freshman): Redshirted, did not play.
High School: Terrell County HS ... Played four years of football for coach William Huff ... Served two years as team captain ... Played on both offensive and defensive lines ... Wendy's High School Heisman Scholar ... Named to all-region academic team ... Also ran track and played basketball ... Set school record in 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 Carolina Panthers ... Majoring in science, technology and culture.