September 25, 2007

Hardy not thinking about his past against Iowa

Iowa's secondary knows better than any Big Ten defense what James Hardy is capable of.

Hardy has squared off against the Hawkeyes two times in his career and the numbers he has accumulated in each of those outings are more along the lines of what you'd expect from an entire wideout core. As a freshman, Hardy accounted for 203 receiving yards and a touchdown in IU's 38-21 loss. Last year, Hardy headlined Indiana's famous upset of the Hawks, catching eight passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns.

"Honestly, I couldn't say that it was anything about their defensive scheme," Hardy said. "I feel the last couple of years our offensive coordinator has done a wonderful job moving me around and finding the holes for me, giving me the opportunity to go in and just show my talents. It just ends up happening like that."

The situation is a good one for Hardy, who finds himself in need of a big game. His touchdown numbers have been there this year and he is slowly moving up IU's all-time scoring list. He has six TD catches on the year, but he hasn't eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark since the opener against Indiana State, when he had 153 yards. The closest he has come is a 65-yard effort against Akron.

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