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UND FOOTBALL: Pro football could be in store for wide receiver Greg Hardin

Professional football may be in store for UND senior wide receiver Greg Hardin. On Wednesday, however, Hardin could look back on his standout UND career one more time. Hardin was named to the Associated Press All-America FCS team, earning third-t...

Greg Hardin
On UND's first play from scrimmage, WR Greg Hardin catches a pass for a touchdown. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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Professional football may be in store for UND senior wide receiver Greg Hardin.

On Wednesday, however, Hardin could look back on his standout UND career one more time.

Hardin was named to the Associated Press All-America FCS team, earning third-team honors as an all-purpose player.

Hardin ended his senior year at UND with a single-season record of 2,017 all-purpose yards. He also was a first-team all-Big Sky Conference selection as a wide receiver.

"It's nice to be recognized for the hard work you put in during the season," said Hardin. "It's an honor just to be mentioned for an award like this."

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Hardin set career highs in both receiving yards (1,153) and kickoff return yards (854) during his final year. His receiving yardage was the second-highest regular season total in school history and his 67 receptions were also a career-high.

In addition to being one of the top receivers in the Big Sky, Hardin was a threat on kickoff returns.

Last season, Hardin earned Sports Network All-America honors for his receiving skills. This season, the Bellvue, Neb., native doubled those honors with his all-purpose play.

Hardin 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 UND history and he also owns the third longest -- a 98-yarder against Southern Utah in 2012.

All-Star game coming

Hardin said he will soon hire an agent to explore his pro football possibilities, adding he has been selected to play in the NFL Collegiate All-Star game Jan. 18 in Los Angeles.

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Also Wednesday, Hardin was named to The Sports Network FCS All-America team, again as a third-team all-purpose player.

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 yards.

Nelson reports on sports. Call him at (701) 780-1268, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1268 or send e-mail to wnelson@gfherald.com .

Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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