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Steve Gardiner
Steve  Gardiner

Defensive Analyst


Michigan State 56- Indiana 17


Michigan State 45 - Purdue 31

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience. Now it's time to develop a knockout punch. Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue


Michigan State 56 - Wyoming 14

Former Spartan linebacker Steve Gardiner is his fourth season on the staff at Michigan State, his first as a defensive analyst. He spent the previous three seasons serving as a graduate assistant. Gardiner assisted coaching the defensive line in 2015-16 after helping with the running backs in 2014; he also helped coordinate special teams all three years as a GA.

A four-year letterwinner under head coach Mark Dantonio, Gardiner recorded 43 tackles in 44 career games for the Spartans from 2009-12. He registered a career-high 21 tackles during MSU’s Big Ten Championship season in 2010, including 13 on special teams. Gardiner tallied 17 stops in 13 games of action, including three starts, in 2011 as MSU tied a then-school record with 11 victories and defeated No. 18 Georgia in the Outback Bowl.

Gardiner was a three-year starter for Coach Mark Crabtree at Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio, and 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. He also became the Shamrocks’ all-time leader in tackles (363) in 2007.

Gardiner received his bachelor’s degree in packaging from MSU in December 2012. He received his master’s degree in kinesiology from MSU in 2017.

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