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21   Talman Gardner
Talman Gardner

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
New Orleans, LA

High School:
McDonough 35

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 200

Position:
Wide Receiver

Birthdate:
03/10/1980


At Florida State: Enters the 2002 season ranked 10th in the nation among returning receivers in yards per reception…will compete for playing time with Craphonso Thorpe and Anquan Boldin at the flanker position…sat out most of 2002 spring practice with an injury but did make appearance in the Garnet & Gold game.

Junior Year (2001): Had a breakout season as a junior leading the team with 11 touchdown receptions...improved play last year was key following loss of starting wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Robert Morgan during preseason practice …finished as the team’s second leading receiver with 33 catches for 649 yards...following the season-opener with Duke, he went on to score a touchdown in four straight games...career-long touchdown reception of 57 yards came against Miami...touchdowns per game average was second best in the ACC...playing time was limited in regular season finale against Georgia Tech because of illness...ranked sixth in the ACC in receiving yards per game with an average of 64.9...in the three game stretch of Maryland, Clemson and NC State he had 331 yards and seven touchdowns...gained over 100 receiving yards against Maryland (6-140) and Clemson (6-115)...scored three touchdowns in win over Maryland...had not scored a career touchdown until the 2001 season…had two catches against Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl.

Sophomore Year (2000): Saw action in 13 games...recorded 12 catches and had 198 yards receiving...had a season-long 52-yard reception in the Virginia game...had a season-high three catches for 44 yards at Wake Forest...averaged 16.5 yards per catch and 18.0 yards per game...FSU’s top kick return specialist with a team-high eight returns for 175 yards for an average of 21.9 per game.

Freshman Year (1999): Appeared in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman...finished the year with seven receptions for 123 yards... averaged 17.6 yards per catch...caught three passes for 51 yards in the season-opener against Louisiana Tech, including a season-long reception of 33 yards...averaged 21.5 yards on eight kickoff returns...also had two carries on reverses for 23 yards.

1998: Redshirted along with the majority of his recruiting class although coaches were impressed enough with him in the preseason to plan on playing him before hernia surgery prevented it.

High School: Considered one of the nation’s top three high school wide receivers by most recruiting analysts after his final season at McDonough 35 High...earned Parade All-America honors and was a second team All-USA selection by USA Today ...pulled down 47 passes for 944 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior for a 20.1 yards per catch average...listed as PrepStar’s No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the country...SuperPrep’s No. 3 ranked wideout...state 200 meters champion as a junior and senior and the runner-up in the 100 meters...clocked at 10.5 in the 100 and 21.2 in the 200...chose Florida State over Georgia, LSU, Tulane and Florida.

Personal: Born March 10, 1980...social science major...one of two Louisiana natives on the Seminole roster (Paul Irons is the other)...his signing continued a pipeline of Louisiana natives coming to FSU in the ’90s...others include NFL Draft picks Sean Jackson, Chris Cowart, Warrick Dunn, Travis Minor and Javon Walker.

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