“I’m way more comfortable,” Gardner said. “Last year was my first year starting, and it was rough, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of adversity. A lot of adversity I fought through, and I feel like I did a really good job of never giving up, never giving up on myself and my teammates. I feel my teammates recognized that, and my coaches recognized that, and I feel like that will help me.”
"This offensive line is special, and we're capable of doing all the things we did on Saturday -- and better," junior left tackle Taylor Lewan said Monday. "We have a great bunch of guys. We have a bunch of athletic guys on the field."