Incoming Gators Q&A: Austin Hardin

The Florida 2012 signing class is in the books and soon the next freshmen class will step foot on campus. is taking the time to get to know a different side of some of the new Gators, so you can learn a little more about the new athletes you'll see on the field this Fall.

Name: Austin Hardin

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Position: K

Height: 5-11

Weight: 195

Q: What number do you want? Why?

A: I got number 16, it's been my number all throughout high school and stuff, so I was pretty excited to get it for college.

Q: Who are you planning on rooming with at Florida?

A: I actually am not sure yet, but I'm friends with a good bit of guys, maybe Colin? I'm not sure yet.

Q: What are you going to major in?

A: I have no idea yet, maybe something on the business side, maybe something, since I lived overseas for awhile, maybe international business.

Q: What are you most excited about about coming to Florida?

A: I think I'm just looking forward to the first game to be honest, that first feeling coming out of the tunnel, seeing what it's like for the first time, being in front of that many people, the feeling of college gameday.

Q: What's your favorite football memory?

A: I think my favorite memory, pretty obvious, was kicking the game-winner, the 59-yarder, it was against our region rivals and we had lost to them last year, it was kind of a big deal.

Q: What's your most embarrassing moment on the field?

A: Oh goodness, most embarrassing moment was back in ninth grade I actually was doing this sprint for my coach because I was new on the team. He was like, "I want to see how fast you are," so I was like full speed and tripped and fell. In front of the entire varsity and JV team so it was pretty embarrassing. I was a little ninth grader.

Q: How did you get started playing football?

A: When I lived overseas we had a PE class and football was the sport of the week, we were out kicking rubber footballs. I showed my dad one day, I was like, "watch this," and I kicked the football and we marked it off. I was 14 years old and it was about a 55-yard field goal or 60-yard field goal, and my dad said I should definitely look into that when we get back to the States. We got back for high school so I could see about playing football and then I went out about halfway though the ninth grade season, I didn't really play until about halfway through my sophomore year which was when I really started playing football. That was kind of how it all developed, and I've loved it ever since.

Q: How long were you living overseas, and where were you living?

A: Three years in Bolivia.

Q: That was for your dad's job?

A: Yep.

Q: Was there a moment when you knew you could have a serious future playing football?

A: It was actually when I first started, when I first started kicking I knew from then. I'd always been very competitive and I was always looking to play sports in college, so once I picked that up, people said I was doing really well, and right from the start I wanted to make something of it.

Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

A: Probably to fly. That'd probably be the coolest thing, to fly places.

Q: What's your favorite thing to do when you're not playing football?

A: Probably just hanging out with my friends, playing FIFA video games, or Madden, having fun, relaxing.

Q: If you could share the field with any athlete past or present, who would it be?

A: I love watching football now, but before I never used to watch it because I always liked soccer. I don't know the old greats that I should say.

Q: Pick a soccer player then.

A: I think since I lived in South America and he's probably the best soccer player alive right now, I'd probably say Messi. That'd be crazy. He's disgusting at soccer, he's so good.

Q: What's your favorite movie?

A: One of my favorite movies would probably be Anchorman. I think the more you get older and the more you watch it, it just gets funnier. That and Old School.

Q: What's the most played song on your ipod?

A: I don't know if I have a favorite song, but I pretty much listen to a lot of stuff, anywhere from Dave Matthews and rock and stuff like that all the way to rap and stuff you hear in the locker room. Dave Matthews to Gucci and Rick Ross.

Q: What's your favorite pre-game ritual?

A: I actually don't have a lot really, I try not to make it too systematic. Before games if I don't do something right I don't want to be freaking out like, "Oh goodness, I didn't put my sock on the right way, I'm not going to play good." There are some things I do, I always make sure I wear the same type of sock, but it's not something that bothers me that much. Small things.

Q: What's something about you that surprises people?

A: It think the fact that I lived overseas, and also the fact that I'm a kicker. No one ever thinks I'm a kicker, I guess because I'm bigger? I don't really think I'm that big at all, but people always think I'm like a strong safety or something. That or I lived overseas and I'm fluent in Spanish.

Q: Want to be remembered?

A: Obviously as going through Florida and having a great career, being the best that's kicked at Florida and being able to take that career on to possibly the NFL.

Q: What are 3 things you can't live without?

A: I like to not think it's true, but I guess it's true, my phone. Also TV. I love watching TV. And sports. I've always played sports and competed in sports my whole life, that would be difficult.

Q: What's your favorite show on tv?

A: Probably South Park or Workaholics.

Q: Anything else people should know about you?

A: I'm ready to have a great four years and go Gators.

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