Team captain... All-Pac-12 first team... Sporting News All-Pac-12... Phil Steele All-Pac-12 third team... Bednarik Award watch list... Bronko Nagurski Award watch list... Rotary Lombardi Award watch list... Phil Steele preseason All-Pac-12 first team... Athlon preseason All-Pac-12 first team... Lindy's preseason All-Pac-12 second team... ESPN.com's preseason 25th-best player in Pac-1 ... Stanford's Most Outstanding Senior Award... Nine games played... 19 tackles (seven solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, one blocked punt... Two tackles, 0.5 sack, two quarterback hurries against San Jose State... Four tackles at Army... One sack, one blocked punt, one quarterback hurry vs. Arizona State... Sack and blocked punt came during same third-quarter series... Seven-yard sack, one quarterback hurry against Washington State... One tackle for loss, two quarterback hurries vs. Washington... Five tackles (2.0 for loss) at Utah... One sack and two quarterback hurries vs. UCLA... Three tackles (1.0 sack) at Oregon State... Suffered career-ending injury.
Started all 14 games at defensive end and helped lead one of the nation's top defenses...tied for second on the team in both TFL (14.5) and sacks (7.5), each ranked top-60 in the nation...led an inspired Stanford defensive performance that held No.2 USC to 26 yards rushing and Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley without a passing touchdown...among career-high six total tackles vs. USC, recorded 3.5 TFL and a quarterback sack to lead the overall defensive effort of 12.0 TFL and four sacks...had two solo tackles, recovered a fumble, and made a sack / forced fumble which Chase Thomas recovered for a touchdown at Notre Dame...notched four tackles and one eight-yard sack at UCLA...made four tackles, one sack and one pass breakup vs. Oregon State...recorded five tackles (two solo) and 2.5 TFL - including 1.5 sacks - against Washington State...had five tackles and 1.5 TFL at California in the Big Game... recorded two tackles - including a five-yard sack - and two pass deflections in overtime win vs. Arizona...earned All-Pac-12 second team and Pac-12 All-Academic second team honors.
Second team All-Pac-12 Conference selection...was also named the team's Deswarte-Eller Award winner honoring the team's most outstanding (redshirt) sophomore...started 12 of 13 games at defensive end and finished with 35 tackles, including 10.0 for loss (47) and 4.5 sacks (35)...tied for 13th in the Pac-12 in tackles-for-loss per game and tied for 16th in sacks per game...part of a formidable pass rushing unit that recorded 39 sacks on the year...had a season-high five tackles against Cal in the Big Game, including a sack...credited with four tackles against Colorado and Oregon...had a season-high 2.5 tackles for loss at Arizona....forced a fumble at Washington State...blocked a point-after attempt at Oregon State following a Beaver touchdown in the third period...credited with one tackle in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Oklahoma State.
Saw action in 11 games to earn his first varsity letter...saw most of his time on special teams and as a reserve defensive end...finished the year with three tackles...credited with a solo stop against Wake Forest and assisted stops against Washington and California.
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Graduated from Homestead High School in Mequon, Wis. ...played for head coach Dave Keel...Associated Press first team all-state selection following his senior year...also was a first team All-North Shore Conference selection and was named the conference's defensive player of the year...first team WFCA all-state selection...totaled 70 tackles, 15 tackles-for-loss, six sacks, one interception, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two blocked kicks as a senior...had 55 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks as a junior...helped Mequon to Division I state championship as a senior after runner-up state finishes as a sophomore and junior...also lettered in golf.
Parents are Carl and Kim Gardner...one of four children...born in Portland, Ore. ...full name is Benjamin D. Gardner...majoring in science, technology and society (development, science & technology).
05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Cowboys' picks: Round 7/231 -- Ben Gardner, DE, 6-4, 262, Stanford...A former team captain who played defensive end in college but could spin down to defensive tackle in the Cowboys 3-4 scheme. First team all Pac-12 in 2013 but saw his season end early because a torn pectoral muscle. It's also why he fell in the draft. Very athletic with 39 1/2 vertical leap. - The Sports Xchange