Entering 2017 season
Enrolled at San Diego State in January 2016 after playing two years at Mesa Community College ... Did not see action last year ... Is listed as the backup defensive tackle heading into the season.
JUNIOR SEASON (2016)
Did not play during the 2016 season in his first year at SDSU.
AT MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (2014-15)
Two-year starter at Mesa Community College in Phoenix ... Made 52 tackles, including 27 on his own, in 19 games played ... Recorded 19 tackles, 13 solo, and had two tackles for loss in 2015, helping the Thunderbirds to the second-best defense in the conference at 84.4 tackles per game, 15 fumble recoveries and 32 sacks ... The team's 844 total tackles also ranked 16th in the NJCAA ... A two-star recruit according to Rivals, 247sports and Scout.
Four-year letterwinner at Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, Fla. ... Two-time all-conference selection ... Also competed in track and basketball.
Jondarius Jovanta Gardner was born Sept. 9, 1994, in Pensacola, Fla. ... Son of John Gardner and Regina Hudson ... Chose SDSU over an offer from Colorado State ... Is majoring in interdisciplinary studies.