Gardner Kansas Sports

Monday night was school night, and it's a Monday night in Kansas City, Kansas, the home of the Kansas State University football team.

He scored 28.3 points per game in basketball, scored 481 hits on the rhombus and hit homers in six games - bat on that rhombus. Starling led his hometown Royals to the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals, and he averaged a home run in each of those six games. At the end of the season, he played in the World Series for the Royals and the New York Yankees. He got his first taste of running behind Kansas' back in his junior year of high school and got the chance to run with Kansas back - to-back Heisman Trophy winners and two-time All-Americans.

Gardner had a long run and went 26 yards in the second quarter, but he almost forgot all his cards. It was Gardner who was out for a third - and - in the opener and he was in no rush until throwing for 26 yards in the second quarter of that attempt.

He became the first freshman to play all 12 games in a season and finished the year as the Jayhawk Conference's best defensive player. He rushed for 395 yards and led the Ravens in defensive action in 1985 and was named MVP of the Raven football team in 1986.

Jeff played four years at Southland College, led his team in tackles and received honors from the All-Southlands Conference. He was selected by the New York Giants as a first-round pick in the 1986 NFL Draft and was selected as the second overall pick in the 1988 NFL Draft. The Bluejays won their second consecutive title in 1986 and qualified for the NAIA opening-round playoff game hosted by Tabor College. They defeated Doane College 16-14 and moved into the national championship game against Kansas State University.

The Tabor football team dominated the KCAC in the last years, after having won the title of KCAC champion for three consecutive years. In 2015, they finished the conference season undefeated, 9-0, and were 11-2 overall.

In 2016, they finished the conference with an 8-1 record and the Bluejays were named KCAC Team of the Year. The 2004 season ended with an 8-1 conference record for the Tabor College Football team with a 3-0 victory in the Kansas City Athletic Conference.

Coach Gardner has coached 155 players who were all KCAC All - Conference selections and 15 players who were all NAIA - Americans. In 2003, Coach Gardner was named Kansas City Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Jeff received the award from Mayor Carol Lehman and the City of Gardner in recognition of his contributions to the Tabor College Football program.

He is considered a legitimate five-hitter - a center fielder who drew more than 50 scouts to watch him stretch and bat before a double-header in late April. He struck out 399 with 20 runs scored and played in all three of Tabor's doubleheader games last season, the first two regular-season games and the final three games.

After scoring 2,471 yards and 31 touchdowns at Nebraska and playing quarterback, he was recruited by just about every major program in the country. He signed to play quarterback for Nebraska and went on to junior college, following in his brother's footsteps and going to Cowley County Community College before settling in Indiana State. After graduating from high school in 1984, Jeff attended Kansas State University, where he played linebacker for four years. In 1987, he found a place on the defensive of the University of Missouri-Columbia football team and in 1988 of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.

McAnderson, who played for then-head coach Mark Mangino at KU from 2003 to 2007, believes Gardner can be one of the best teams in Kansas State's college football. McAnderson called Williams "Orange Bowl-winning teammate," and Williams rushed for 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns as K U won its first Big 12 title in 2011.

McAnderson also told the Journal-World that there could be some unforeseen positive developments at the university if Gardner becomes the new primary rescuer. Gardner was the league's leading rusher last season with 1,072 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. It is not obvious that Gardner will transform into the type of ultra-productive back who was Williams when he ran for 100 or more yards.

While Williams may seem like a death blow for the rest of the 2020 schedule, I think the Jayhawks can handle the blow. Coach Gardner has been head coach at Tabor College for 11 seasons and we are blessed that he has continued his service in this role. As TABOR's Head of Sports back in 2010, we were already in the process of finding someone who could fill the position of head coach.

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