After practice on Friday, Stanford's first with full pads, The Bootleg caught up with middle…
Q+A: Ben Gardner
Gardner took some time to talk about his own progression, the team's response to coaching and player turnover, and the battles to replace the departed seniors on the defensive line. The Bootleg: You got extended playing time more and more as the year went on last season. How did you work yourself into that rotation? Ben Gardner: Last year was all about finding a role for myself. I came in undersized and struggled to find time early on. But as the year went on, I found a role for myself in the nickel package as a pass rusher, and learned a lot from Brian Bulcke, Sione Fua and Chester McGlockton, and really polished my pass rush moves, so I was able to contribute that way. TB: With that in mind, are you going into this year working more on your run defense? Is there a specific area you're targeting? BG: I'm just working to become a more complete player. I've gained some weight, gained about 15 pounds since last season. I'm trying to become more stout in the run game while also...
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