Inside the Class of '04: Myron Hardy

The fifth in a series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '04: Signee Myron Hardy.

Myron Hardy
Wide Receiver
Round Rock McNeil HS
NR: 38 SR: 17 Rating: ***

An Inside Texas conversation with Round Rock McNeil head coach Robert Wilcox on Myron Hardy:

IT: What are Myron's strengths as a football player?

Wilcox: He's a really, really good athlete. He's a team player. He enjoys winning and he really doesn't care if he gets the credit as long as he contributes somewhere in there.

IT: What did the Texas coaches tell you that they like about Myron?

Wilcox: He's such a good athlete. They feel like he's so versatile, all of the things he's capable of doing. Myron brings a lot to the table. Obviously, he was a great running back for us. He catches the ball as smooth as anybody around. He's big. He's strong and he's fast. The other thing is that, if I would have done this and made the decision when I got here to go to the shotgun, one-back, he would have been our quarterback, he's that talented.

IT: What are the areas of his game that Myron needs to improve upon to be successful at the next level?

Wilcox: His work ethic has to become (a college-level) work ethic. In high school, he can work hard enough to be as good as he is. When he gets to that level, he has to turn it up. A great example of that is Roy Williams doing the same thing. He went in as a great athlete but after being there he realized that his work ethic had to improve and he did that and of course he's going to be a millionaire because of his work ethic and I think Myron fits in that mold. I think Myron has unbelievable raw talent but he's going to have to learn that there are a lot of guys on that level that have that same raw talent.

IT: Does Myron remind you any particular player?

Wilcox: I liken him to Roy Williams. That's who I look at because he's 6-3, 202 pounds, he runs a legitimate 4.45-4.5 flat, has great natural strength. Most people don't realize how big he is, but when you see him in pads, he's real big in pads.

IT: So he carries his pads well?

Wilcox: He's got football speed.

IT: What position do you see Myron playing at Texas?

Wilcox: The biggest question people have for me, do you think they should play him at receiver or running back, and I say 'Yes.'

IT: What did he mean to your team?

Wilcox: He rushed for 21 TDs, he threw for a touchdown, he caught a touchdown, and he returned kicks for a 32-yard average. And if I would have started him at free safety he probably would have led the district in interceptions.

IT: Did Myron play defense for you?

Wilcox: We only put him on defense when we had to. We put him in only in games when we had to preserve a lead. Let him play centerfield and said go. No rules, go. Late in one game, we put him in the game and he liked to kill the kid he hit him so hard. The kid jumped up for a pass over the middle and Myron hit him right there and they had the ambulance out there. Liked to kill him, broke him in half.

IT: Is there a defining moment for you that exemplifies Myron's ability as a football player?

Wilcox: There's too many. I saw Myron take the stretch outside vs. Leander and a kid caught him on the sidelines by the collar and Myron ripped right away from him and didn't hardly break stride and scored from 80. Then again, some of the best things I saw out of him is when the ball was on the four yardline and he made contact with someone on the three and scored. Those are the kind of things I remember, his ability -- to me, when a guy is fast and has a running lane, it's easy. It's when there's not anything there and you get down behind your pads and you create something, that's where you see a football player. There were times in his career when it was fourth and one and he was stopped, but it wasn't too often. If it was fourth and one, everybody in the stadium knew who was getting the ball and usually it didn't matter.

IT: Does he have a frame to add more weight?

Wilcox: He's going to get thicker. He's going to be a 210-, 215-pound player.

IT: How did you use Myron on offense?

Wilcox: We're pretty multiple on offense but the last two years we haven't been. We've been more of a find a way to find where Myron is and get him the football offense. We won't be the same type of offense next year because of Myron (moving on). People look at us and think we're really one-dimensional -- all they're going to do is give the ball to Myron -- that's true! When you've got a guy like that, that's what you do. I'm stupid, but I'm not that stupid. We want the ball in his hands. He hits a home run. Those other guys hit singles, I want home runs.

IT: Anything that we didn't cover that you'd like to add?

Wilcox: He's a good kid. If you really want to know the story on Myron, is when Mack was here. Mack told him, 'I will go anywhere you want to, meet anyone you want to, it's your day'. The only person Myron wanted him to meet was one of our special kids. He took him over to the life skills area, pulled that young man out, and introduced him to Mack Brown. That's the only one he wanted him to meet which goes to show the kind of person Myron is. He knew that would mean more to that kid than anyone else in this school.

Note from Clendon: When I told Westwood coach Doug Fertsch that Will and I were heading over to McNeil for Hardy's signing ceremony after catching up with Greg Dolan, Fertsch said, "That kid is special." Fertsch went on to relate the story of how Hardy almost single-handedly brought McNeil back late in the game vs. Westwood, taking a handoff for about 70 yards before being forced out of bounds around the 10. Hardy went in for the winning score two plays later.

*All photos by Will Gallagher/Inside Texas*


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