Who has time for a redshirt season?
Owen alum Jager Gardner stepped in right away to contribute for the Temple University football team in 2015. One of our sister papers, the Black Mountain News, recently published this feature story on Western North Carolina’s all-time leading rusher (6,953 yards):
It took Temple Owls fans a little more than two months this past college football season to figure out what everyone in the Swannanoa Valley already knew – Jager Gardner breaks records.
In fact, the entire country got a glimpse of Gardner’s blazing speed and otherworldly athletic ability as he streaked through the defense of Southern Methodist University on his way to a 94-yard touchdown. It broke a 40-year-old Temple record.
Gardner’s record-breaking performance against a conference opponent, televised on ESPN2, was the highlight of a solid freshman season for the Swannanoa Valley native, who finished the season with 184 rushing yards on 32 carries and a touchdown.
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