Battling for the starting job at the weak-side linebacker position ... Will also be used on special teams as well ... Started 11 of the 12 games last season, after moving to the position from fullback in the spring ... Showed a lot of improvement over the course of the season and throughout the spring ... Finished as the team's fifth-leading tackler (53) last year ... Named the team's defensive player of the week following the Houston game (11/13) ... 2005 (r-Jr.): Played in all 12 games with 11 starts ... Finished in a tie for third on the team in tackles for loss (7.5) and fourth in sacks (3.0) ... Had a career-high 11 tackles (two solos, nine assists) against Houston, also posting a tackle for loss, half a sack and a fumble recovery return of 11 yards ... Finished with six tackles in three games ... Had six solo tackles against Alabama (9/10) ... Had five solos and an assist against UCF (10/15) ... Also had a sack, tackle for loss and forced a fumble in the game ... Had three solos and three assists against Memphis (11/19) ... Recorded five tackles in two games ... Finished with three solos and two assists against Tulsa (10/8), also posting a tackle for loss in the game ... Had a solo and four assists against Marshall (11/8) ... Finished with four tackles (three solos, one assist) against East Carolina (10/1), also finishing with two tackles for loss and a sack ... Had three tackles in three games ... Finished with a solo and two assists against McNeese State (9/17) ... Had three assists against UAB (10/21) and three solos against N.C. State (10/29) ... 2004 (r-So.): Played in all 12 games and made two starts ... Used in short-yardage situations, finishing in a tie for second on the team with four rushing touchdowns ... Finished the year with 14 carries for 51 yards, an average of 3.6 yards per carry and scored four touchdowns ... Also caught four passes for 38 yards ... Scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard run against Tulane ... Recorded single touchdown runs against East Carolina (10/23), Cincinnati (11/6) and Memphis (11/12) ... Had four carries for 13 yards and a touchdown against East Carolina ... Posted a career-long catch of 17 yards against USF (10/2) ... 2003 (r-Fr.): Saw limited action only playing in four games and starting one ... Saw his first collegiate start at East Carolina when filling in for Bobby Weakley, who was out with a hamstring injury ... Six carries for 16 yards for the season, an average of 2.5 yards per carry with a long run of six yards ... Two carries for nine yards at East Carolina, an average of 4.5 yards per carry with a long carry of six yards ... 2002 (Fr.): Redshirted ... Prep: A three-year starter and letterwinner for Coach Trent Hammond ... Rushed for 1,608 yards on 123 carries and 26 touchdowns his senior year ... Two receptions for 47 yards ... Finished with 130 tackles, two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown ... The Clarion-Ledger's Second-Team All-State linebacker ... The Clarion-Ledger's Top 25 ... All-Area Offensive Player of the Year by The Brookhaven Daily Leader ... Defensive Most Valuable Player in District 6-4A ... Lawrence County High School Athlete of the Year ... Participated in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic ... A two-time all-district selection ... Helped team to a 9-2 record and first round of the playoffs as a senior ... Started at outside line-backer where he helped his team win the state championship as a sophomore ... Also lettered in track and earned all-district ... Personal: Son of Wayne and Mableine Hardy ... Majoring in criminal justice ... Born Aug. 7, 1984.
2005 Game-by-Game Statistics (UA-A-TT):
Alabama 6-0-6; McNeese State 1-2-3; East Carolina 3-1-4; Tulsa 3-2-5; UCF 5-1-6; UAB 0-3-3; N.C. State 3- 0-3; Marshall 1-4-5; Houston 2-9-11; Memphis 3-3-6; Tulane 0-1-1; Arkansas State 0-0-0
2004 Game-by-Game Rushing Statistics (Att.-Yards-
Nebraska 3-16-0-8; Tulane 3-12- 1-7; Houston 2-8-0-5; East Carolina 4-13-1-4; Cincinnati 1-1-1-1
2003 Game-by-Game Rushing Statistics (Att.-Yards-
Louisiana-Lafayette 1-4-0-4; East Carolina 2-9-0-6 ; Utah 3-2-0-2
Hardy's Defensive Statistics