“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's got a coaching staff that is very motivated -- very young in some instances, but they're a veteran group with him. He brought basically his whole staff here from San Diego State. They will know this fall because they played so well, and had such a wonderful season a year ago, there's no doubt the expectations are going to be very high."