04/03/2014 - Week 3 Pro Days takeaways: Michael Sam shows improvement...4. For those invited to the Combine but deemed medically unable to compete, Pro Days are important. For players snubbed by the Combine selection committee, Pro Days are absolutely critical. As such, the performances from Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith, San Jose State wide receiver Chandler Jones and Stanford defensive end Ben Gardner deserve special recognition here. Scouts from 19 teams traveled to Wyoming to watch Smith, wideout Robert Herron and defensive back Marqueston Huff, the latter two of which performed well at the Senior Bowl and Combine. Smith showed off the athleticism that has earned comparisons to Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, clocking a 4.51-second 40-yard dash and impressing with his velocity and accuracy during his throwing session. Straight-line speed was very much the goal for Jones in his Pro Day workout and he certainly demonstrated it, registering a pair of sub 4.4 times that are sure to attract plenty of attention from scouts.
Considering that he was an integral component of Stanford's success defensively the past three seasons, Gardner may have been the most shocking of the Combine snubs and he posted the most eye-popping numbers in retaliation, wowing scouts from all 32 NFL teams on March 20 with a 39.5" vertical and 10-2" broad jump after measuring 6-foot-4, 262 pounds. Those numbers would have ranked second and fifth, respectively, among all defensive linemen tested in Indianapolis in 2014. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/26/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Combine-snub Ben Gardner surprise star at Stanford...With solid performances at the Combine, Murphy and Mauro's efforts on Thursday were helpful but not necessarily critical to their grades. Three-year starting defensive end (and shocking Combine omission) Ben Gardner, however, took full advantage of his opportunity to work out for scouts, recording a 39.5" vertical and a 10-2" broad jump - numbers that would've ranked second and tied for fifth, respectively, among defensive linemen tested in Indianapolis.
The 6-foot-4, 262 pound Gardner also was clocked in at 6.78 seconds in the 3-cone drill and 4.83 seconds in the 40-yard dash. These explosive numbers provide quantitative evidence of the athleticism Gardner demonstrates on tape. Like Murphy, Gardner is viewed by some as a 'tweener but he's shown the grit to handle remaining on the defensive line as well as enough fluidity and instincts to operate as a linebacker. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Ben Gardner, Sr., Stanford...Playing in just eight games, Gardner consistently got into the backfield, compiling 7.5 tackles for loss from his defensive end position while collecting 4.5 sacks and nine quarterback hurries. He totaled 19 tackles, one forced fumble and one blocked punt. - Stanford football
10/29/2013 - Stanford fifth-year senior defensive end and co-captain Ben Gardner is out for the season with a left pectoral injury. Cardinal coach David Shaw made the announcement Tuesday. Sixth-ranked Stanford if off this weekend before hosting No. 2 Oregon next Thursday night, Nov. 7. Gardner was first injured in Stanford's win over Washington on Oct. 5. He was sidelined for good in the third quarter of Stanford's 20-12 victory at Oregon State last Saturday. Gardner finishes his collegiate career with 17?? sacks and 34 tackles for loss in 34 starts. Shaw said "there's a chance" that fellow starting defensive end Henry Anderson could return for Oregon but he will reserve judgment until Anderson practices this week. Anderson has missed the last six games since he was hurt at Army on Sept. 14. - AP Sports
09/07/2013 - G David Yankey, DE Ben Gardner and ILB Shayne Skov and OLB Trent Murphy were named team captains for the season. - The Sports Xchange
08/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: DE Ben Gardner had 7 1/2 sacks and 14 1/2 tackles for losses as a redshirt junior, while earning All-Pac-12 first-team honors. He might be the conference's best defensive lineman next season. - The Sports Xchange
08/13/2013 - OTHER STANFORD PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: DE Ben Gardner (6-4, 275, 4.86)...Gardner enters his senior season having earned second-team all-conference honors after each of his previous two starting campaigns. Powerful and quick off the snap, he's an ideal five-technique defensive end in this system, holding up well at the point of attack and showing the burst to slip inside to generate impressive tackle for loss production (24.5 over 2011-12). Gardner's bulk and quickness could earn him similarly high grades from traditional 4-3 teams seeking help at defensive tackle, though he does not possess the acceleration and flexibility preferred as a defensive end in this alignment. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: DE Ben Gardner, Stanford...Gardner, a two-time All-Pac-12 selection, started all 14 games at defensive end in 2012 and helped lead one of the nation's top defenses. He tied for second on the team in both tackles for a loss (14.5) and sacks (7.5). - Stanford football
07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ben Gardner, Stanford, DL...Gardner, a two-time All-Pac-12 selection, started all 14 games at defensive end in 2012 and helped lead one of the nation's top defenses. He tied for second on the team in both tackles for a loss (14.5) and sacks (7.5). - Stanford football
07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: DE Ben Gardner, Stanford...Gardner, a two-time All-Pac-12 selection, started all 14 games at defensive end in 2012 and helped lead one of the nation's top defenses. Gardner tied for second on the team in both tackles for a loss (14.5) and sacks (7.5). - Stanford football