Football adds three mid-year transfers

Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore announced the signing of three mid-year transfers on Wednesday

Jan. 2, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore has announced the signing of three mid-year transfers. The three student-athletes - Conor Bednarski (South Pasadena, Calif.), Zedrick Gardner (Miami, Fla.) and James Kenner (Willingboro, N.J.) - each will have two years of eligibility.

"We're excited to add Conor, Zedrick and James to our program," Priore said. "They will add experience to our program coming from outstanding junior colleges."

The 6-3, 205-pound Bednarski earned second team All-Southern Conference honors for Fullerton College after passing for a league-best 2,453 yards, including a season-high 331 against Riverside, and 25 touchdowns, including five games with three scores. As a freshman, he recorded 1,836 yards and 11 touchdowns.

As a senior at South Pasadena High School, Bednarski, who finished his career with 3,962 yards and 37 TDs, earned first team All-League honors.

A graduate of national high school powerhouse Miami Northwestern, Gardner led ASA College with four interceptions en route to second team All-Northeast Football Conference honors. The 6-3, 210-pound safety tallied 33 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

A teammate of Gardner's at ASA, Kenner rushed for 676 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012. As a freshman, Kenner was among the Avengers' defensive leaders with 25 tackles, including 4.0 for loss.

The 6-0, 205-pound Kenner starred as a two-way player at Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

The trio will enroll at Stony Brook for the spring semester and participate in spring practice.

The Seawolves are coming off a second straight appearance in the Division I Football Championship and won a program-best 10 games.

After five seasons in the Big South Conference, Stony Brook will begin its first season as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association in 2013.