According to Garrett Kroeger of MagnoliaStateLive.com, Chargers offensive line coach Pat Meyer put Alcorn State offensive lineman Timothy Gardner through a 30-minute workout following his performance at Mississippi State’s pro day on March 28th.
Former Brave OL Timothy Gardner had a rocky start to his college career. Yet, he made the most of his opportunity in Lorman & is ready for the next one https://t.co/GmHJDj4F5h pic.twitter.com/oilwghqLCm— Garrett Kroeger (@GKroegs) April 4, 2018
Gardner, a 6-foot-6 315-pound offensive lineman from Indianapolis, is a former Ohio State commit that found himself taking the prep school route after an arrest prior to the fall of his freshman season. Following his time at prep school, Gardner enrolled and spent the next two seasons at Indiana University where he was a role player along the offensive line.
After deciding he wanted to start somewhere else, he followed former Hoosier graduate assistant Ryan Stanchek after he took the offensive line coaching job at Alcorn State.
Gardner had the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of all 32 NFL teams in Starksville. He put up 22 reps on the bench, broad jumped eight feet and six inches, ran his forty-yard dash in 5.20 seconds, and posted a 4.90 in the short shuttle.
After the pro day, Stanchek couldn’t help but rave about Gardner’s footwork and lightning-quick snap off the line. He also isn’t shy when stating that Gardner possesses the fastest hands of any offensive linemen he has ever coached.
In 2017, Gardner was named to the First-Team All-SWAC team after being elected to the second-team following the 2016 season.