Chris Klieman and the Kansas State Wildcats will lose one of their most experienced defensive players to the NCAA transfer portal ahead of 2022 spring practice.
Justin Gardner, a senior defensive back who has played 19 games during his two-year career at Kansas State, has decided to spend his last year of eligibility at another school.
“I want to thank (K-State football) and the staff for giving me the opportunity to be a Wildcat,” Gardner wrote on social media. “Thankful for all the memories and bonds I created throughout the two seasons. But it’s best that I will be entering the transfer portal as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility left.”
During his two seasons as a Wildcat, Gardner recorded 26 tackles, two interceptions, and 13 passes defended.
Gardner began his collegiate career at Oregon State and played just two games for the Beavers before transferring to Hutchinson Community College as a sophomore.
There, he appeared in nine games, collecting 19 tackles, one interception, and three forced fumbles, including one recovery. His ability to force turnovers earned him a scholarship with Kansas State and the rest is history.