GopherDigest's Spring Spotlight: KiAnte Hardin

With less than a week away until the Gophers start spring ball, GopherDigest takes a look at some current players that could have breakout spring for Minnesota and we now spotlight sophomore defensive back KiAnte Hardin.

One underclassmen who I believe is truly on the verge of taking that next step this spring for Minnesota is true sophomore cornerback KiAnte Hardin. The Webb City native played in every game for the Golden Gophers last season as a true freshman and was named the team's Outstanding Defensive Freshman of the Year. With Minnesota losing both of their starting corners to the NFL in Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Eric Murray, Hardin is the prime candidate to start along side Jalen Myrick next year in defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel's defense.

Hardin reminds me a lot of Boddy-Calhoun as he's a very smart player with great acceleration and football IQ and if Hardin can continue to build of a very successful true freshman season this spring, there's absolutely no reason he shouldn't be starting at corner for Minnesota this fall.

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