The Intriguing List: Justin Hardee

A look at Justin Hardee - one of the more intriguing players Illinois has heading into this spring.

Justin Hardee - Wide receiver - 6-1, 195, Junior

The Word: Hardee had the look of a player in the making during his freshman campaign two seasons ago. Then a bunch of players moved in at wide receiver and buried him on the depth chart. A fall camp full of tough love from Bill Cubit didn't help, and by the time Hardee started seeing playing time, the season was nearly over.

2013: 11 catches for 95 yards.

Intrigue Level: 5 out of 10. I still think Hardee has plenty of playmaking left to do in his career. It probably hasn't gone the way he wanted it to thus far, but heck, the guy was originally supposed to play cornerback. Somebody has to fill the production left behind by Steve Hull, Miles Osei, Ryan Lankford and Spencer Harris. Why not Hardee? The reason I'm not as intrigued by the whole wide receiver situation is because I get the sense Bill Cubit can make do with whatever he has available. Last season he did it with a former safety, a former quarterback and a guy who probably should have been running track. It will be interesting to see who ends up earning the most playing time, but I don't think the position is in dire straits due to the number of incoming players at the spot.

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