Gardner Ready For A Huge Senior Season
Cameron Gardner had somewhat of a quiet statistical season in 2016. However, his presence on the field was felt. The 6-5, 220-pound wide receiver proved to be a solid route runner and pass catcher but on a team that focused on the run, he found use of his size and strength by pancaking defensive backs and linebacker while run blocking.
Gardner totaled 21 catches for 213 yards and three scores in 2016 in an offense that saw four different quarterbacks throw passes.
The Mississippi State commit just went through spring practice with his teammates and a new coach.
“I think I had the best spring of my high school career,” Garner told SES Mississippi. “I think my speed, route running and explosiveness have gotten better. I'm still working on my entire game to be the best player I can be.”
Starkville will be under the gaze of a new head coach in 2017 as Chris Jones comes over from the 3A State Champion Kemper County Wildcats.
“Me as well as everybody else on the football team really likes Coach (Chris) Jones,” Gardner expressed. “He can understand and get along with us better.”
After a run heavy season in 2016, Gardner says things have changed and the new offense has a high motor.
“We mostly run plays from the shotgun, which is my favorite type of offense,” Gardner explained. “We are also running plays at a faster rate so we can get a lot of opportunities to score, which I like.”
Starkville entered the spring looking for consistency at the quarterback position. Gardner is upbeat about the progress.
“It’s going really good,” Gardner said. “They are continuing to get better, and all of our chemistry is going up.”
Gardner says he would like to win a state title in 2017 and also haul in at least 60 passes for over 1,000 yards and 20 scores.