Name: Allante Gardner
School: Saginaw Valley State University transfer to Lakeland University
Position: Wide Receiver/Punt Returner
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
My goals this season were to lead by example on and off the field each day, push myself even harder in strength and agility stations, leave it all on the field each Saturday, take care of my body, make the playoffs, National Championship run, become an All-Conference player, break a school record, and draw attention from NFL/CFL scouts.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Three words to describe my style of play are Fearless, Determined X-Factor, and Work Horse.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I will be training with John Vickers of Xplosive Performance and Antoine Mason of Wideout Tech. With their help, I will be working to become a more complete/prepared Athlete. I will be training harder than ever knowing that some NFL/CFL team will be ecstatic to have me in their program.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
When watching film, I focus on tendencies: reading/knowing their coverage/concepts, how they’re going to play me (Is he an aggressive corner and likes to get hands on or play with his feet), personnel, and making mental notes of important things.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
What separates me from other people at my position is versatility, being clutch/accountable, football IQ, and quickness for sure.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
Accountable on and off the field, trustworthy, willingness to learn, determined to be the best and beat the best, very confident, workaholic on the field and in the weight room, great personality, and the ability to play all special teams.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
I am the diamond in the rough you’ve been looking and hoping for. You don’t have to pay me, just suit me up and watch me work! I promise it’ll be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made and one of the best stories you’ll ever tell!