"They just told me that I might be more suited for defensive end because they are pretty deep at tight end with Robert Lane, Lawrence Lilly, Jason Hawkins, and Robert Hugh. I told them, hey, where ever I can get on the field the quickest, is where I want to play," added the always quiet but confident Greg Hardy.
has never been lacking from Hardy's game as evidence by his 6' 6" 235 frame
and basketball skills.
"I talked to Coach Kennedy at the gym. I asked
Coach O if he were OK with me playing, and he said he was. Everything seems to
be going pretty good, but my attention is on football. If later on down the line
I can learn the system (in football), I might give it (basektball) a try, but
right now my focus is on football."
Greg could not hold back his excitement
for two a days to start.
"Man, we are ready. I came down to Ole Miss
in the beginning of June. The first thing I noticed was the whole intensity level
from high school to college. I love it. You just eat, sleep, and breath football
Hardy was able to work out with the team voluntarily
this summer. Any differences in the speed of the game?
"There is a
big difference, but I have always played fast, so I think the college game fits
my tempo better."
Does Greg envision himself making the rotation before
"I came in great shape and have worked harder than every
before. Like I said, the speed here is more suited for my game. I really think
I should have no problem (making the rotation)."
Greg has the luxury
of having his former head coach at Ole Miss.
"Coach Freeze has been
a huge help for me. When ever I have a problem, he gets a call. He is probably
sick of me already (laugh). But really, having him here at Ole Miss has made the
transition so smooth for me. It is already like home away from home."
were the selling points to decide on Ole Miss?
"It was close, and
having my former coach being here just helped a lot. And being in the SEC was
really big. I have always wanted to compete in the SEC. To be the best, you have
to play the best, and that is what I am going to get down here at Ole Miss."
up in Memphis has given Greg some incentive for the opening game.
I have had that game circled for a long time, ever since I signed (with Ole Miss).
That is one of the reasons I am working so hard. I would love to make a few big
plays in that game so I can go back home and have some fun with the boys. I really
can not wait for that game. It is going to be on."
Ready for Memphis
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