Will Gardner, Georgia QB committed to Louisville, suffers season-ending injury

QB Will Gardner

QB Will Gardner

One of Georgia’s top quarterbacks will miss the rest of his senior year after suffering a knee injury in the season-opener.

Will Gardner, who has committed to Louisville, torn the ACL in his right knee in Coffee High School’s win over Brunswick last Friday. An MRI confirmed the injury on Monday.

“It was heartbreaking because Will really worked his tail off; he was phenomenal,” Coffee coach Ken Eldridge said. “He’s such a great kid, like a son to me. He was devastated by the news, as was our team. We’re really hurting for him.”

The 6-foot-5, 214-pound Gardner committed to Louisville over Alabama and Mississippi State last month. Eldridge talked to Louisville’s coaches on Monday and was told that they are sticking by the college scholarship offer. “He’s still their guy,” Eldridge said.

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August 23rd, 2011
7:42 am

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Vampire Bill

August 23rd, 2011
8:35 am

Feel sorry for the young man. Best of luck in recovery Will !!

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August 23rd, 2011
8:50 am

What a bummer. Here’s hoping for the best down the road.


August 23rd, 2011
9:22 am

Baad news. best of luck to the young man.And hopes for a complete recovery.


August 23rd, 2011
9:44 am

Good luck kid..Hope Strong sticks by his statement.


August 23rd, 2011
10:00 am

Good lucky Will and get well quick……
The Young man that took his place Friday night against Brunswick had a great game..throwing for TD and running for two TD’s.. This kid can play too.


August 23rd, 2011
10:27 am

Best wishes for a positive attitude and speedy recovery. We want you healthy so we can see you in action against the Wildcats! ;)

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August 23rd, 2011
11:44 am

I know it is part of the game; however, as a parent, I hate seeing kids get hurt. Get well soon Will!!!!

Kentucky Fan says...

August 23rd, 2011
12:11 pm

I hate louisville but I feel real bad for the kid. Good to see those dirty cards are still sticking with him since they were his 1st choice. I hope he comes back a 100%.

Lilburn Dawg

August 23rd, 2011
1:08 pm

Hoping for a full recovery!


August 23rd, 2011
2:23 pm

Will and Family – please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Coach Strong and the rest of the staff in Louisville are “Class and Integrity” – one of the best head coaches with one of the best staffs in the USA. We cannot WAIT to see you in Cardinal and White picking apart West Virginia and Kentucky. You CAN recover and play for many years to come. See you in 2012 Will and God bless you and your family.


August 23rd, 2011
3:20 pm

I wish the best of luck to the kid as well. But I had to laugh at the comment “Coach Strong and the rest of the staff in Louisville are “Class and Integrity” – one of the best head coaches with one of the best staffs in the USA”…does the name Clint Hurtt ring any bells? If that’s what the people of Louisville call ‘class and integrity’…well, never mind, that’s not surprising coming from a Louisville fan.

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Dr. Phil

August 23rd, 2011
3:35 pm

Will seems like a good kid. I hope he recovers and has a great college career.


August 23rd, 2011
4:19 pm

Best of luck Will; you can make a 100% recovery from this injury but focus on the mental recovery as well. Once recovered you need to realize that this is a freak accident and the probablity of it happening again is not very good. Nobody likes to see a tragedy like this but keep it in perspective; it could always be worse.

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William McLendon

August 25th, 2011
11:15 pm

I hate that I’m from Coffee Co. and that is terrible to hear that he is out for the rest of the season. Best wishes to him and his future. His Mom and Dad went to school with me so I know he has to be a classy kid. I’m glad to know Louisville is sticking by him cuz they are a lot of schools that would have backed out so cudos to them.


August 30th, 2011
12:03 pm

Too bad for Gardner–I wish him a speedy recovery.

Hats off to UofL for having the class to stick by the kid. Doing that with Murray has worked out well for UGA.