“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.”
"I think he was nervous. Who wouldn't be?" Griese said. "As much as he gives off the stoic exterior, I think he was a little nervous leading up to the game. But at the same time, he didn't give off that to his players that week."