81. James Gardner had handful of 100-yard games last year

In terms of milestone chasing, Miami-OH’s James Gardner is worth, at least, keeping tabs on during his senior season. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 216 pound wide receiver had five 100-yard receiving games to give him seven for his career.

With the seven milestone games, Gardner is tied for fourth in Miami history for most career 100-receiving-yard games.

The leaderboard:

  1. Nick Harwell — 16
  2. Martin Nance — 15
  3. Ryne Robinson — 12
  4. James Gardner, Armand Robinson, Andy Schillinger — 7

Gardner’s 100-yard games:

Date Opponent Catches Yards TD
9-17-16 vs. Western Kentuky 5 136 1
10-22-16 @ Bowling Green 9 120 0
9-2-17 @ Marshall 8 111 0
9-9-17 vs. Austin Peay 5 117 2
9-30-17 @ Notre Dame 5 115 2
10-7-17 vs. Bowling Green 5 126 1
10-31-17 @ Ohio 10 166 3

Can Gardner surpass Harwell? To do that, he’d have to be, well, the offense. Sometimes Miami likes it that way. Chuck Martin has known that he has a NFL prospect lining up on the numbers and Gardner’s been able to create his own luck. But to expect Gardner to do that 10 times out of 12, 13 or 14 games (depends if Miami goes bowling and/or to the MAC championship) is probably a bit much.

Miami does need to get Gardner the ball in any case. If we’re looking at strengths of Miami’s offense heading into the season, we can talk about how Gus Ragland’s senior season could be dynamite (if healthy), we can talk about how the entire starting group of offensive linemen are returning, we can talk about how the running game perked up in the second half last year, but the biggest strength of this team, in my eyes, is just having this freakishly huge man at wide receiver being able to go out and make some big plays way downfield. He’s basically a matchup nightmare for corners in the MAC.

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