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UND’s Hardin collects another achievement

GRAND FORKS — Professional football may be in store for the University of North Dakota 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 with 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.”

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 as well.

Last season, Greg 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.

The Bellevue, Neb., native 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.

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.

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.

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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