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Montario Hardesty
Tennessee VolunteersNo. 2
Running back Senior
Major: Sport Management
Date of birth: February 1, 1987 (1987-02-01) (age 22)
Place of birth: New Bern, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career history
High school: New Bern High School
New Bern, North Carolina
Career highlights and awards
Stats at CBS

Montario Hardesty (born February 1, 1987), is a college football running back for the Tennessee Volunteers football team.[1]


Early Life and High School Career

Hardesty played football at New Bern High School. As a senior in 2004, he rushed for 2,002 yards on 272 carries. He had 19 rushing touchdowns. He was considered a four-star recruit and ranked 100th on the's list of the top 100 players in the class of 2005.[2] He was recruited as an "athlete", with the potential to play both running back and safety. He was recruited and offered a scholarship by the University of Nebraska, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, Notre Dame, Ohio State University, University of South Carolina, and Virginia Tech. However, he chose to play for Tennessee.[3 ]

Career at Tennessee

Hardesty is a 3 year letter winner at Tennessee. He has amassed 1,947 rushing yards on 457 attempts, 291 receiving yards on 27 receptions, and 21 total touchdowns. He is currently 22nd in the NCAA's Division 1-A Bowl Subdivision in rushing yards for the 2009 season.[4]


2005 Season

Hardesty was granted a medical hardship for the 2005 season because of a knee injury he suffered against Ole Miss. He rushed 6 times for 18 yards before his injury.

2006 Season

In 2006, Hardesty started off the season with a 43 yard touchdown run against the University of California. His best game of the season was a 74 yard performance against the Air Force Academy. He played in 13 games, starting 5 of them. He finished the season with 384 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns.

2007 Season

Hardesty's 2007 season wasn't quite as good as his 2006 season. He had a touchdown in the opening game of the season against the University of California once again. He finished the year with 373 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.

2008 Season

2008 was the worst statistical season of Hardesty's career at Tennessee. He ran for 271 yards, finishing the season with 6 touchdowns. He passed the 1,000 career rushing yard mark against Vanderbilt University in the season's next-to-last game.

2009 Season

2009 has easily been Hardesty's greatest season. He is currently 22nd in the NCAA's Division 1-A FBS division in rushing yards, with 941 yards in 9 games. He started the season off with 160 rushing yards and 1 touchdown against Western Kentucky University. He has passed the 100 rushing yard mark twice more in the 2009 season, against Ohio University and the University of South Carolina. He is the Southeastern Conference's 2nd leading rusher in the 2009 season, behind the University of Alabama's Mark Ingram, Jr..


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