Overview
Andrew James Gardner is an offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins, who selected him with the 181st overall pick in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Gardner played four seasons for Georgia Tech, where he was three-time All-ACC selection. Gardner is 6-feet, 6-inches tall and weighs 305 pounds.
Prep Career
As a senior at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, GA, Gardner was an all-state selection, blocking for an offense that gained more than 4,000 yards. He signed with Georgia Tech, his top choice, along with high school teammate Calvin Johnson.
Freshman
After redshirting in 2004, Gardner became Georgia Tech's starting left tackle in 2005. He was a first team Freshman All-America selection of the Football Writers' Association of America, helping Georgia Tech lead the ACC with just 10 sacks allowed.
Sophomore Year
As a sophomore, Gardner earned honorable mention All-ACC honors, leading the way for Tashard Choice to rush for nearly 1,500 yards.
Junior Year
Gardner earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for the first time, following his junior season opener against Notre Dame. He started every game in 2007 and earned first team All-ACC honors.
Senior Year
As a senior, Gardner twice earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors. In the season opener against Jacksonville State, he helped Georgia Tech gain 484 total yards. Later in the season against Mississippi State, he paved the way for Georgia Tech to rush for 438 yards. He played most of the season with a torn labrum, which finally forced him to end his streak of consecutive starts at 48. He earned first team All-ACC honors despite missing the final four games of the season. The injury kept him from participating in any postseason all-star games, but he still earned an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.
Personal
Gardner married his wife, Jennifer, in May of 2007.
NFL Career
Gardner was selected in the sixth round (181st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. Before the 2009 season, Gardner signed a four-year/$1.65M contract with Miami.
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