OT, 6-7, 319
(Pulaski Robinson HS)
OUTLOOK: Few have made as much progress in the weight room as Garner has in his tenure at Arkansas. He has combined his increased bulk and strength with his already solid fundamentals and footwork to give the Razorbacks a talented starter at right tackle. His dedication is even more impressive when you consider he has earned minimal playing time while working behind former offensive tackle standouts Zac Tubbs and Tony Ugoh. Garner appears primed for a break-through season on the Razorbacks’ offensive line in 2007.
2006: With a veteran offensive line in front of him on the depth chart, he played sparingly as a junior earning time in eight of Arkansas’ 14 games. He was rewarded for an outstanding off-season with a start at right guard in the Hogs’ opener against No. 6 USC. In addition to USC, he played in non-conference games against Utah State, Southeast Missouri State and Louisiana-Monroe as well as against SEC opponents Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. He also played against No. 7 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. He tallied 13 knockdown blocks in his playing time including six against Southeast Missouri State. He was effective in his stints on the field averaging an overall grade of 85.5 percent, including an 80.5 percent run blocking grade and a 94 percent pass blocking grade. – He earned his first career start at right guard in the Razorbacks’ season opener against No. 6 USC. He logged a season-high 46 snaps posting a grade of 84 percent (85 run, 84 pass) and tallying one knockdown block in the loss to the Trojans. He played 18 snaps earning one knockdown block and an overall grade of 88 percent in the Razorbacks’ win over Utah State. He carded an 84-percent clip on run blocking and a perfect 100-percent grade on pass blocking. After missing the Vanderbilt game, he returned to the field for eight snaps in Arkansas’ 24-23 double-overtime victory over No. 22 Alabama. Garner saw extended playing time against Southeast Missouri State. He earned a season-high six knockdown blocks on 37 snaps against the Redhawks. He garnered a grade of 94 percent, including his second 100-percent mark in pass blocking. He also recorded his top run blocking grade (92 percent) of the season in the victory. Garner was on the field for 12 snaps in the Razorbacks’ win over Ole Miss. He turned in an impressive outing in a non-conference matchup with Louisiana-Monroe. He tallied four knockdown blocks on only 19 snaps. He carded a grade of 94 percent with a 90-percent clip on rushing plays and a 100-percent grade on passing plays. He saw limited action against Mississippi State and against No. 7 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. He earned one knockdown block against the Badgers.
2005: He played in all 11 games as a sophomore as a regular on special teams and a spot reserve on the Hogs’ offensive front. He was the right tackle on the UA field goal and extra point units. He also saw snaps at offensive tackle in three games (Missouri State, Louisiana-Monroe and Mississippi State) logging a total of 39 snaps. He earned two knockdown blocks in his limited stint on offense. – He earned a grade of 80 percent, including an 83-percent mark in run production blocking, in the Razorbacks’ season opener against Missouri State. He played a total of 15 snaps against the Bears and earned one knockdown block. He earned his most extensive playing time at tackle in the Hogs’ non-conference win over Louisiana-Monroe. He logged 19 snaps carding a total grade of 89 percent. He graded out at 92 percent on rushing plays and at 80-percent on passing plays. He posted a perfect 100 percent grade on five snaps against Mississippi State.
2004: He appeared in five games as a redshirt freshman on the Hogs’ offensive front. He logged time in games against New Mexico State, Louisiana-Monroe, Auburn, Georgia and Ole Miss. He earned a total of five knockdown blocks on the season. His most extensive action came at offensive tackle in the season opener against New Mexico State. He played a total of 32 snaps and earned a grade of 90 percent. He graded out at 80 percent on running plays and a perfect 100 percent on passing plays. He also earned two knockdown blocks in his first collegiate game. He tallied two knockdown blocks on only six snaps in the Razorbacks’ win over Louisiana-Monroe. He logged three snaps against No. 4 Auburn. He played briefly in the Razorbacks’ loss to Georgia. He earned one knockdown block on five snaps in a win over Ole Miss.
2003: He worked on the UA scout team offense in his redshirt season.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER: He was ranked as the nation’s No. 21 offensive tackle by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report. As a junior, he had 39 pancake blocks. He was also recruited by Auburn, Notre Dame and Harvard. He was rated the No. 138 offensive lineman in the nation by Insiders.com. He was a member of the PrepStar All-Region IV Team.
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 18, 1985, he is the son of Vicki and Wayne Garner. He was a member of the Lon Farrell Academic Honor Roll for the 2003-04 academic year and was named a Hard Working Hog for the 2005-06 academic year. He is enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and is majoring in sociology.