2013 Surprise Players - No. 2

IlliniPlaybook counts down the list of Illinois players who will surprise during the 2013 season.

No. 2 - WR Justin Hardee

Depth will play a factor in Hardee's reps this fall, as wide receiver is one of the deepest and senior-laden positions on the team. Still, Hardee is one of the most athletic players Illinois has, a trait that will keep him in the conversation regardless of the competition around him.

He switched from corner to receiver prior to last season and it didn't take long for him to see the field and make an impact. He finished 2012 with 17 catches for 192 yards, including a five-catch, 99 yard performance against Charleston Southern in Week Three.

He plays bigger than his 6-foot-1, 190-pound frame and has enough speed to stretch the field. He's one of the more complete wideouts the Illini have, even if he does lack the game experience some of the older guys hold as an advantage.


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