Selected to the Sun Belt All-Conference second team ... A staple on the Mean Green defense, Cardwell has been an anchor at defensive tackle starting in 11 of 12 games, missing one with a foot injury ... Cardwell has a tackle for loss in each of his last five games and is second and on the team and sixth in the conference with six sacks for 31 yards ... His five sacks against Sun Belt teams ranks third in the league ... In total, Cardwell has nine tackles for loss this season, which is third on the Mean Green defense ... A preseason All-Sun Belt Conference selection, Cardwell also has 46 total tackles to go with two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.
In his first full season as a starter, tied Brandon Kennedy with a team-high six quarterback sacks ... Was second on the team with 11 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles ... Had his career-best game in the win over Baylor when he had four tackles for loss, including three quarterback sacks and was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week ... Had his season-best six tackles against Louisiana-Lafayette ... Recorded two sacks against Utah State ... Had six games with at least four tackles, which was his career high coming into the season.
Earned his second letter in as many years after playing in all 13 games and recording four tackles including one quarterback sack, which came in the season opener against No. 3 Texas.
Saw action in every game with no starts, registering three tackles and one tackle for a loss ... Had one tackle each against TCU, Texas Tech and Arkansas State
Was a redshirt.
A two-time District 24-2A Defensive Player of the Year for Hutto ... Was a three-year starter and a starter at both inside linebacker and offensive guard the past two seasons and was a three-time, first team all-district 24-2A selection ... Was a second-team all-state pick and second-team all-Central Texas selection as an offensive lineman ... Had 96 total tackles, five fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and two blocked punts ... As an offensive lineman he had 26 pins ... As a junior, had 94 total tackles, two forced fumbles, four recovered fumbles on defense and 17 pins as an offensive lineman ... Son of Vernon and Sarah Cardwell and Marti and Bill O'Rourke... Born May 12, 1982 in Freeport.