“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.”
Horton's knee is sprained; he'll be out a month. Looking at the schedule, that appears to be about 5-6 games. Luckily, four of those will be against small schools. We can probably write the UCLA and Iowa games off now.