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Orlando Predators Add Rookie WR Courtney Gardner

Wednesday November 19, 2014

 ORLANDO – The Orlando Predators have agreed to terms with first-year wide receiver Courtney Gardner, the franchise announced Friday via Arena Football League Transactions. Gardner previously attended training camp with the Miami Dolphins.

“Courtney is a big, physical receiver blessed with exceptional athletic ability,” said Head Coach Rob Keefe. “He has a rare set of tools and is loaded with potential.”

Gardner (6-3, 220, Sierra College) was a standout player at Sierra College in Rockin, California. In his final season at the school, he hauled in 61 receptions for 1,099 yards and 13 touchdowns. Gardner’s success at the junior college level led to offers from countless FBS programs, including Arkansas, Auburn, California, Florida, Florida State, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Utah and Washington.

Gardner committed to play football at the University of Oklahoma, but later elected to forgo his collegiate eligibility and pursue a professional career. He signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

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