April 17, 2007

'I feel like a receiver'

For Desmond Tardy, it's all about trust.

After three seasons of learning, sometimes painfully, the wide receiver position, the former high school quarterback says he hopes his teammates no longer groan when he checks into the huddle.

Not that such a thing ever actually happened, but Tardy, now a junior, uses the figurative anecdote to tell the story of his maturation into a receiver.

"I'm just trying to earn trust, so that's it's not like, 'Ah, man, Des is in,'" Tardy said. "Now, it's more like, 'OK, cool, Des in is, let's go make plays.'

"I want no doubt about it. Now, I feel like I'm making plays and I have everyone's trust now. I hope that when the ball goes up and they see me there, they know I'm going to catch it."

When he came to West Lafayette three years ago as a dominant, much-heralded option quarterback from Indianapolis power Warren Central, much was expected of Tardy, who was recruited as a receiver all the way.

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