Junior who handled the kickoff duties for the Gamecocks in 2013... enters the fall atop the depth chart in that role again... will also compete with Elliott Fry for the placekicking chores... has kicked off 96 times in his career with a 61.8 yard average, including 39 touchbacks (41 percent)... selected as the Harold White GPA award winner for special teams in the spring.
2013: Sophomore who handled the kickoff chores for the Gamecocks all season... logged 83 kickoffs for an average of 61.7 yards with 36 touchbacks (43 percent)... opponents averaged 22.5 yards per return... credited with three tackles including a pair of solo stops... a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll... considered the "Most Improved" placekicker in the spring.
2012: Earned the duties as the kickoff specialist early in the season... also had a couple appearances when the Gamecocks attempted an onside kick... had three touchbacks among his 13 kickoffs.
2011: Walk-on who joined the team in the fall... was redshirted in his first season... named one of four outstanding walk-ons at the 2012 Garnet & Black Spring Game.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from South Pointe High in Rock Hill, S.C. in 2011... played football for coach Bobby Carroll... earned all-area, all-region and all-state honors... turned down a scholarship from Newberry to walk-on at South Carolina.
PERSONAL: Landon E. Ard is majoring in sport and entertainment management