A candiate for the short snapping duties ... Works hard and can always be counted on for top effort ... An Iron Hokie in the strength and conditioning program ... Has spent some time at defensive end since joining the team as a walk-on and got a brief taste of action at the position in a game last season ... His brother is a long snapper for Virginia. 2007: Saw his first collegiate action in the William & Mary game ... Played three snaps at DE and was in on a tackle ... Also served as a backup short snapper ... Bench pressed 370 pounds on the way to Iron Hokie honors during off-season workouts. 2006: Concentrated on snapping ... Earned a superior rating by meeting all six goals in the strength and conditioning program when he returned in the fall. 2005: Practiced at defensive end ... Worked on the scout and jayvee teams. High School: Played fullback and linebacker for Coach Donnie Pruitt at George Wythe High ... Earned all-district honors as a fullback and helped the team to a state Group A title in 2002 ... Posted 81 tackles and three interceptions as a senior ... Rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns on four carries during one game his final season ... Blocked three punts ... Also lettered in basketball and earned all-district as an outfielder in baseball. Personal: Jacob Tanner Gardner ... Born 8/29/85 in Wytheville, VA ... Son of Joe Gardner and the late Kathy Gardner ... Has earned a bachelor's degree in crop and soil environmental sciences and is currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree.