Walk-on defensive lineman who was a highly-tauted local prep product a year ago.
High School: Started three years at defensive end and offensive tackle for Coach John Beckham at Hillcrest High in Springfield ... Was part of back-to-back playoff teams that were 7-5 and 7-4, respectively ... Earned all-district and all-conference honors twice and was All-Ozarks First Team pick in 2010 ... Earned Team MVP Award and Mark Gillming Award as a senior and participated in Southwest Regional All-Star Game ... Played his freshman season at Central High in Springfield as a TE/DE for Coach Ozzie Riley.
Personal: Jordan Jamal Gardner was born 9/4/92 in Springfield, Mo. ... Son of Leonardo and Judy Gardner of Springfield ... Has a brother, Jeremy ... Plans to major in Construction Management.