Who You Need To Know: Greg Hardin

| January 3, 2014 | 1 Comments

Greg Hardin

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An extremely underrated, off the radar WR, for 2014, is University of North Dakota’s Greg Hardin.

I’ve covered him, watched him, for roughly the last two years. Raised in Nebraska, he wears #84, projects as a multi-use Z and Y.

Size-wise you’ll want to place him as an interior Slot but you’d really be wasting him there. He seems to thrive outside and has that crossover ability to play outside and inside.

He is actually a vertical threat, that’s where he shines. Hardin has been awarded multiple All American honors for both 2012 & 2013.

Draft Range: 7th to undrafted

The Basics:

  • Good tracking of the ball (mid-flight)
  • Good speed, not great
  • Good stride. A relatively long stride helps since he’s not the tallest
  • Alright hands, he will use the body
  • Has contortion ability to adjustment on the ball in air

Hardin garners first team All-Big Sky honors – (2012)

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Hardin garners first team All-Big Sky honors

Hardin put together a historic junior season in what was UND’s first as a Big Sky member.

The Bellevue, Neb., native led the league in all-purpose yards with 1,668 yards and ranked second in receiving yards with 1,145 (eighth in the FCS). He was also tops in the league with 15 total touchdowns, 14 being receiving touchdowns.

His 333-yard receiving effort against Montana broke the Big Sky single-game record as he finished with five 100-yard receiving games on the season.

As a kick returner, he averaged 31.6 yards per return and  ran one back 98 yards for a touchdown in a win over Southern Utah.

Stats:
NCAA | Player Stats – Greg Hardin – North Dakota – washingtonpost.com
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Greg Hardin, North Dakota, Junior, Wide Receiver, 5-11, 170, Bellevue, Nebraska.

Hardin set a Big Sky single-game record with 333 receiving yards in  North Dakota ’s 40-34 victory Montana.

Hardin caught 12 passes, three for touchdowns. His final catch resulted in the game-winning touchdown with 12 seconds left.

The 333 receiving yards eclipsed the previous Big Sky record of 315. The 333 yards ranks fourth all-time in FCS history.

Hardin finished the game with 420 all-purpose yards, the second-most ever in Big Sky history, and tied for the 10th most in FCS history.

Hardin’s 333 receiving yards are the most in any Division I game this season season, as are his 420 all-purpose yards. Hardin’s touchdowns went for 39, 43 and 32 yards. His longest catch went for 81 yards.


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Team Profile:

#84 Greg Hardin – UNDSports.com: Official Web Site of University of North Dakota Athletics

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2013 (RS Senior):

Sports Network All-America Third Team (x2)

Associated Press All-America Third Team

All-Big Sky First Team (x2)

2012 (Junior):

Sports Network All-America Third Team

All-Big Sky First Team

2011 (Sophomore): All-Great West First Team

2010 (Redshirt Freshman): All-Great West Second Team

Check out this smile:

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updated 2013:

Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year

Team

G

Rush

Yds

Yd/Rush

TDs

Rec

Yds

Yd/Rec

TDs

2010

NorDak

10

9

78

8.7

1

41

736

18.0

9

2011

NorDak

9

1

4

4.0

0

43

549

12.8

3

2012

NorDak

11

3

17

5.7

0

65

1145

17.6

14

2013

NorDak

11

5

10

2.0

0

67

1153

17.2

5

Career

41

18

109

6.1

1

216

3583

16.6

31

Career Returning Stats

Year

Team

G

Punt Returns

Yds

Avg

TDs

Kick Returns

Yds

Avg

TDs

2012

NorDak

11

0

0

-

0

16

506

31.6

1

2013

NorDak

11

0

0

-

0

36

854

23.7

2

Career

41

0

0

-

0

52

1360

26.2

3

 As of 2012:

YEAR    GP-GS    ATT    YDS    AVG    TD    LONG  //    REC     YDS    AVG     TD    LONG
2010    10-9     9      78     8.7    1     63    //     41     736    18.0    9     85
2011     9-9     1      4      4.0    0     4     //     43     549    12.8    3     54
2012    11-10    3      17     5.7    0     9     //     65    1145    17.6    14    81
TOTAL   30-28    13     99     7.6    1     63    //    149    2430    16.3    26    85

Comparison:

I have no earthly reason why I think this, but he gives me a Laird Hamilton vibe … whatever that’s worth. I guess it’s because he seems fearless.

December 2013 update on Greg Hardin

Hardin named to AP and Sports Network All-America Teams(link)

http://www.undsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=13500&ATCLID=209344435

Senior Greg Hardin earned a spot on The Sports Network All-America Team for the second straight season.

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Last season, Greg Hardin earned Sports Network All-America honors for his receiving skills. This season, he doubled those honors with his all-purpose play.

Both The Sports Network and Associated Press named Hardin to their respective All-America Teams on Wednesday.

Hardin landed on the Third Team as the all-purpose player for both organizations after setting a UND single-season record with 2,017 all-purpose yards in his final collegiate season.

For Hardin, he set career-highs in both receiving yards (1,153) and kickoff return yards (854) to warrant the accolades.

His receiving yardage was the second-highest regular season total in school history and his 67 receptions were also a career-high.

The repeat First Team All-Big Sky performer became the first player in UND history to record three kickoff returns for touchdowns when he took the third of his career back 99 yards for a touchdown at Idaho State on Oct. 5.

It was the second-longest kickoff return in the UND annals and he also owns the third longest – a 98-yard vs. Southern Utah in 2012.

Hardin finished his career with 5,052 all-purpose yards, which is the third-highest total in school history. He broke Weston Dressler’s overall UND record for career receiving yardage with 3,583.

I have Hardin as an undrafted free agent. I, personally, would grade him as worthy of a draft selection. But, that’s just the reality of things for a small school candidate.

He does, despite showcasing good speed and wonderful ability to track the ball mid-flight, in air, will have his inexplicable drops. Generally they come on common Out routes. I see that more as lapses than anything overriding.

As a vertical threat, however, I really think he can compete.

Unfortunately unless he gets the chances to play in either the East/West Shrine game, or the Senior Bowl, or maybe not until drills at the Combine, will he get any real recognition or respect. He will have a Pro Day, that for much is certain.

I’m just as excited to see him line up against a higher level of competition as I’m sure he is, himself.

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Skinz4life6
Skinz4life6

Nice find. Send this to the scouting department. For real.

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