All-Atlantic 10 Conference candidate ? A top punt returner and wide receiver for the Minutemen ? Extremely talented and versatile athlete ? A big-time playmaker and a very elusive runner ? UMass? all-time leader in career punt returns (710), while ranking sixth in punt return yards (534), eighth in receiving yards (1,127) and 10th in receptions (77) ? Has played in 33 career games, starting 14 times.
2001: One of UMass? starting wide receivers, in addition to serving as the top punt returner ? Saw a bit of action as an option quarterback late in the season ? Named the team?s most outstanding offensive player ? Played in all 11 games on the season, starting nine times ? Led the team in receiving with 47 catches for 692 yards and three touchdowns ? His 47 catches on the year were the second most in school history for a junior ? Also returned 22 punts for 104 yards on the year ? Placed eighth on the UMass single season list for receiving yards, ninth for receiving yards per game and 10th for receptions ? Had a team-high six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown against Richmond in the season finale ? Totaled 69 all-purpose yards in the victory over Rhode Island, with two catches for 42 yards, five punt returns for 17 yards, and six rushes for 10 yards and a touchdown ? Caught three passes for 39 yards at Maine ? Led the team with three catches for 85 yards and a touchdown in the win over Northeastern, while also rushing twice for 18 yards ? Had three receptions for 42 yards at Villanova ? Caught two passes for 24 yards in the victory over James Madison ? Made seven receptions for 71 yards against New Hampshire ? Had five catches for 60 yards at Hofstra ? Totaled career-bests of 10 receptions for 135 yards at Delaware ? His 10 catches against Delaware tied for the fifth-best single game performance in school history ? Caught four passes for 90 yards and a touchdown at Marshall ? Had two receptions for 22 yards against William & Mary in the season opener.
2000: Played in every game at wide receiver, starting the final five contests ? Also one of UMass? top punt and kickoff returners ? Tied for the team lead with 27 receptions on the season for 370 yards and a touchdown ? His 27 catches on the year were the fifth most in school history by a sophomore ? Also returned 15 punts for 169 yards, rushed three times for 35 yards and returned two kickoffs for 38 yards ? Placed seventh on the UMass single season list for punt return average (11.3) ? Ranked third on the team with 612 all-purpose yards ? Made four receptions for 21 yards against Delaware ? Had two receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown in the victory over Villanova ? Caught three passes for 30 yards against AIC ? Had a team-high six catches for 49 yards at Northeastern, while also returning three punts for 33 yards and one kickoff for 20 yards ? Caught two passes for 33 yards and returned five punts for 31 yards against New Haven ? Made four receptions for 93 yards at Richmond, while also returning three punts for 74 yards ? Caught a pass for 40 yards against William & Mary.
1999: The leading punt returner for the Minutemen ? Also saw some action at wide receiver ? Played in 11 games on the season ? Returned 34 punts for 261 yards ? Ranked eighth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in punt returns ? Made three receptions for 65 yards and his first career touchdown in the victory over Connecticut ? Had four punt returns for 32 yards at Richmond, with a long return of 21 yards ? Returned two punts for 33 yards against Rhode Island ? Returned three punts for 36 yards at Maine ? Had eight punt returns for 100 yards against Northeastern, including a long of 29 yards ? The eight punt returns against the Huskies tied a UMass single game record ? Returned four punts for 19 yards against Hofstra, with a long return of 11 yards ? Saw his first action of the season at Toledo, playing both as a wide receiver and a punt returner.
Before UMass: Played for John Amabile at Neptune Senior High School ? Four-year letterwinner and three-year starter at quarterback and defensive back ? Led the team to an overall record of 22-1 as the starting quarterback ? Earned All-America honors from Prep Star magazine ? First team All-State choice on both offense and defense in his senior year, when he was also team MVP and team captain ? Participated in the Governor?s Bowl after his senior season, showcasing the top senior talent in New Jersey and New York ? Earned All-Monmouth County and All-Jersey Shore honors as a senior ? High school team won the Class 4 (top class) state title during his freshman and senior campaigns.
Personal: Full name is DeShon La?Keith Hardy ? Son of Sandy Walker ? Born December 21, 1979, in Neptune, N.J. ? Majoring in Social Thought & Political Ecomony.
Hardy?s Receiving Statistics
Hardy?s Punt Return Statistics
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Hardy?s Career Highs
Receptions 10 at Delaware, 9/22/01 Receving Yards 135 at Delaware, 9/22/01 Longest Reception 60 vs. Northeastern, 11/3/01 Touchdowns Receiving 1 five times, last vs. Richmond, 11/23/01 Rushing Yards 18 vs. Northeastern, 11/3/01 Rushing Attempts 6 vs. Rhode Island, 11/17/01 Long Run 16 vs. Villanova, 11/4/00 Touchdowns Rushing 1 vs. Rhode Island, 11/17/01 All-Purpose Yards 167 at Richmond, 9/16/00