The Greatest Series: Football Player No. 10

The Greatest Series in Indiana history resumes today with a switch of sports. Beginning today, we count down the top 10 IU football players of all time.

Each day, AllHoosiers.com has a new installment in “The Greatest” series that will chronicle some of the top players, teams and performances in Indiana football and basketball history.

The first two top 10 countdowns were basketball topics: the top 10 performances and the top 10 last second shots of all time. Beginning today, for the next 10 days, we will look at the best Indiana University football players of all time.

NO. 10: JAMES HARDY

Anyone that watched James Hardy perform in his three year career at Indiana cannot argue that he belongs on the top 10 list of players all-time at IU.

One would have to agree that IU’s all-time leading receiver in multiple categories would have to make that list, right?

Some of Hardy’s statistics are staggering. Here is my favorite: Hardy played in 36 career games at Indiana and scored 36 career touchdowns.

As a freshman in 2005, he caught 61 passes for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns.

As a sophomore in 2006, he had 51 catches for 722 yards and another 10 touchdowns.

His junior season, the Play 13 year for former IU coach Terry Hoeppner in 2007, Hardy caught 79 balls for 1,125 yards and 16 touchdowns.

He was a second team All-American selection that season. That made him the first IU wide receiver in 20 years to earn All-America honors.

Hardy left for the NFL after his junior season and was a second round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills.

Hardy is still Indiana’s all-time leader in receiving yards (2,740), receptions (191) and touchdowns (36). He has the second most yards ever in a season behind Ernie Jones. He had a career best 14 catches in a game against Penn State in 2007 and had one 200-yard receiving day against Iowa in 2005, when he had 203 yards.

If I was looking for a good player to start the list with, I really think James Hardy is more than deserving.

Stay tuned for the No. 9 player tomorrow in AllHoosiers.com’s The Greatest Series in IU history.

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