Spartans and Horned Frogs ready to meet in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Football Media Center: TCU
MSU and NU will meet at noon Saturday in Spartan Stadium.
Thirteen seniors will make their final appearance in Spartan Stadium on Saturday against Northwestern.
CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner had 43 tackles in 44 career games.
2012 SEASON (SENIOR): Saw action in 11 games, primarily on special teams . . . collected a tackle against No. 14 Ohio State.
2011 SEASON (JUNIOR): Appeared in 13 games and made three starts (vs. Youngstown State, Nebraska and Minnesota) . . . collected 17 tackles, including eight on special teams . . . did not see action at Iowa (injured) . . . started against Minnesota and No. 13 Nebraska, filling in for an injured Chris Norman . . . tallied a career-high five tackles in the victory over No. 4 Wisconsin . . . recorded three tackles at Ohio State . . . recovered a fumble on a punt at Notre Dame . . . in his first career start, recorded three tackles in the season opener against Youngstown State.
2010 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 13 games in 2010 . . . recorded 21 tackles (6 solos, 15 assists) . . . ranked second on the team in special teams tackles with 13 . . . made three tackles against Purdue . . . registered three solo stops vs. Minnesota, including his first career tackle for loss (1 yard) . . . returned a kickoff 10 yards vs. Illinois . . . tallied a season-best four tackles vs. Wisconsin . . . posted three stops vs. Northern Colorado.
2009 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Recorded four tackles in seven games of action . . . collected two tackles each vs. Western Michigan and Purdue . . . selected Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Northwestern.
2008 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week vs. Wisconsin.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top inside linebackers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 18) . . . rated among the country's top linebackers by Scouts, Inc. (No. 18 inside), Scout.com (No. 19 weakside) and Rivals.com (No. 67 outside) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by Scouts, Inc. (No. 43) and SuperPrep (No. 54) . . . named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . rated among Ohio's top seniors by Scouts, Inc. (No. 14), Scout.com (No. 15) and Rivals.com (No. 47) . . . Associated Press Central All-District first-team selection as a senior . . . earned second-team All-Metro honors in 2007 from The Columbus Dispatch . . . three-year starter for Coach Mark Crabtree at Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio . . . set school single-season records for tackles (172) and tackles for loss (24) as a senior while helping Coffman (13-1) advance to the Division I state semifinals . . . also became the Shamrocks' all-time leader in tackles (363) in 2007 . . . scored on a 36-yard run in the regional semifinal vs. Pickerington Central . . . recorded 125 tackles (68 solos, 57 assists) as a junior, with six resulting in losses including two sacks . . . also intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble in 2006 . . . rushed for 1,036 yards (6.0 avg.) and 11 touchdowns as a junior . . . scored three rushing TDs (runs of 77, 3 and 70 yards) vs. Reynoldsburg in 2006 . . . returned a fumble 25 yards for a score vs. Dublin Sciota as a junior . . . registered 65 tackles and one interception as a sophomore . . . two-year starter for the Shamrocks' basketball team . . . son of Bob and Susan Gardiner . . . born Jan. 31, 1990 . . . received his bachelor's degree in packaging in December 2012.
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