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9   DeShon Hardy
DeShon Hardy

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Neptune, N.J.

High School:
Neptune Senior H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 190

Position:
Wide Receiver


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.

1998: Redshirted.

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

YearNoYdsAvgTDLong
199936521.7132
20002737013.7141
20014769214.7360
Totals77112714.6560

Hardy?s Punt Return Statistics

YearNoYdsAvgTDLong
1999342617.7029
20001516911.3053
2001221044.7028
Totals715347.5053

Hardy?s Rushing Statistics

YearAttYdsAvgTDLong
19991-5-5.00-5
200033511.7016
200112262.2113
Totals16563.5116

Hardy?s Kickoff Return Statistics

YearNoYdsAvgTDLong
1999000.000
200023819.0020
2001144.004
Totals34214.0020

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

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