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  Ben Gardner
Ben Gardner
Player Profile
RS Senior

Mequon, WI

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 275



Open Practice Report: Big Plays, Big Defense on Display for Cardinal

Hogan, Crower Impress; Gardner Leads Defense


Open Practice Report: Vaughters, Murphy Lead Defense; Sanders Finds End Zone

Stanford held its first open practice of the 2013 spring season Saturday morning at the Elliott Football Practice Fields.


Cardinal Set to Begin Spring Practices

Center and left tackle highlight position battles; competition and development for 15 practices kicks off Feb. 25


Rose Bowl Live: Stanford vs. Wisconsin

Follow the game from's live blog from Stanford Stadium


Randy Hart's Rose Bowl Return

Coach makes eighth appearance in New Year's classic


Pac-12 Championship: Stanford vs. UCLA

Pac-12 Championship: Stanford vs. UCLA


Stanford vs. Oregon State

Stanford football takes on Oregon State


Washington State vs. No. 19 Stanford - AP Photos

Washington State vs. No. 19 Stanford - AP Photos


AP Photos: Football vs. Washington

AP Photos: Football vs. Washington


Stanford vs. San Jose State - Aug. 31, 2012

Stanford vs. San Jose State - Aug. 31, 2012

2012 (SENIOR) :Started all 14 games at defensive end and helped lead one of the nation's top defenses...tied for second on the team in both TFL (14.5) and sacks (7.5), each ranked top-60 in the nation...led an inspired Stanford defensive performance that held No.2 USC to 26 yards rushing and Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley without a passing touchdown...among career-high six total tackles vs. USC, recorded 3.5 TFL and a quarterback sack to lead the overall defensive effort of 12.0 TFL and four sacks...had two solo tackles, recovered a fumble, and made a sack / forced fumble which Chase Thomas recovered for a touchdown at Notre Dame...notched four tackles and one eight-yard sack at UCLA...made four tackles, one sack and one pass breakup vs. Oregon State...recorded five tackles (two solo) and 2.5 TFL - including 1.5 sacks - against Washington State...had five tackles and 1.5 TFL at California in the Big Game... recorded two tackles - including a five-yard sack - and two pass deflections in overtime win vs. Arizona...earned All-Pac-12 second team and Pac-12 All-Academic second team honors.

2011 (JUNIOR): Second team All-Pac-12 Conference selection...was also named the team's Deswarte-Eller Award winner honoring the team's most outstanding (redshirt) sophomore...started 12 of 13 games at defensive end and finished with 35 tackles, including 10.0 for loss (47) and 4.5 sacks (35)...tied for 13th in the Pac-12 in tackles-for-loss per game and tied for 16th in sacks per game...part of a formidable pass rushing unit that recorded 39 sacks on the year...had a season-high five tackles against Cal in the Big Game, including a sack...credited with four tackles against Colorado and Oregon...had a season-high 2.5 tackles for loss at Arizona....forced a fumble at Washington State...blocked a point-after attempt at Oregon State following a Beaver touchdown in the third period...credited with one tackle in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Oklahoma State.

2010 (SOPHOMORE): Saw action in 11 games to earn his first varsity letter...saw most of his time on special teams and as a reserve defensive end...finished the year with three tackles...credited with a solo stop against Wake Forest and assisted stops against Washington and California.

2009 (FRESHMAN):
Did not see action.

Graduated from Homestead High School in Mequon, Wis. ...played for head coach Dave Keel...Associated Press first team all-state selection following his senior year...also was a first team All-North Shore Conference selection and was named the conference's defensive player of the year...first team WFCA all-state selection...totaled 70 tackles, 15 tackles-for-loss, six sacks, one interception, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two blocked kicks as a senior...had 55 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss and 4.5 sacks as a junior...helped Mequon to Division I state championship as a senior after runner-up state finishes as a sophomore and junior...also lettered in golf...parents are Carl and Kim of four children...born in Portland, Ore. ...full name is Benjamin D. Gardner...majoring in science, technology and society (development, science & technology).


Career Highs
Tackles:5 vs. California, 2011
Tackles for Loss:2.5 at Arizona, 2011
Sacks:1.0, four times; last vs. Notre Dame, 2011
Interceptions: None