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 teams 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 Governors 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 LaKeith Hardy Son of Sandy Walker Born December 21, 1979, in Neptune, N.J. Majoring in Social Thought & Political Ecomony.
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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