Coveted as an excellent blocker, Gardner also caught five passes for 81 yards... Played in all 13 games and started five... Four of his five catches were for 10 yards or more... Saw extensive action in two-tight end formation... Helped pave the way for Kevin Galbreath becoming the first back in school history to rush for back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
Played in eight games and started five while battling a knee injury most of the season... Didn’t play until the team’s fourth game of the season at South Florida where he had two receptions for 31 yards, including a career-long 25-yard catch... In the win over Middle Tennessee he had three catches for 21 yards and a touchdown... Against Arkansas State he notched his second score of the season and his longest touchdown reception of his career with a 23-yard reception... Despite missing five games he had four games of more than 20-yards receiving.
Played in 10 games and got a start against Arkansas State. He missed the season finale against New Mexico State because of an ankle injury. Gardner had six catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. He played extremely well down the stretch, catching five of his six passes during the final three games he played in before getting hurt. He had three catches for 45 yards against Idaho, including a 24-yard reception that led to North Texas’s third quarter touchdown that cut the Vandal lead to 13-7. His lone touchdown catch of the season was an impressive leaping grab in the end zone from two yards out on third and goal against Arkansas State.
Was a Dallas Morning News and Houston Chronicle state Top 100 recruit and was an honorable mention all-district 4-5A pick his senior season at Midland High. As a junior, Gardner caught five passes for 98 yards and his senior season he had seven catches for 116 yards. A gifted all-around athlete, Gardner played on Midland High’s 1998 state championship basketball team and has a personal best of 6-feet-9 in the high jump. He was a pre-season honorable mention all-state pick in basketball this season by Texas Basketball Magazine. He was a high school teammate of current North Texas player Luke Conder and coached by David Browning. Randy is the son of Bobby and Janice Gardner and was born January 13, 1982 in Midland.