Kirby Smart Looking For Ways To Get Mecole Hardman The Ball

Photo: Jeff Sentell/AJC

Kirby Smart Looking For Ways To Get Mecole Hardman The Ball

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Kirby Smart Looking For Ways To Get Mecole Hardman The Ball

Kirby Smart Looking For Ways To Get Mecole Hardman The Ball


Mecole Hardman came to UGA with high expectations,  but struggled to find the field as a freshman. However, Kirby Smart has a few ideas on how to get the ball in the hands of the sophomore playmaker.


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Georgia has been looking for ways to stretch the field, create more big play opportunities and increase the offensive production.

Enter Mecole Hardman Jr, the do-everything speedster from Elbert County who moved from defensive back to wide receiver this spring.

Hardman entered Georgia as the nation’s No. 1 athlete recruit and UGA fans were clamoring for him to get the ball last season. He had some action at defensive back but now he seems to be working himself into the Georgia offense. Coach Smart likes what he has seen during fall practice.

“First of all, it’s not that he’s faster than he was in the spring but he’s more confident, which makes him faster,” Smart said. “He hears the call and knows what to do. He’s had some pretty spectacular plays. I still think he needs to work on his hands and natural catching the ball. But he’s a good athlete. I think he’s found a good home.”

In addition to his roles as a return man and receiver, Hardman has been lining up at quarterback in the Wild Dawg formation. His unique skill set would be a nice change of pace for the Dawgs, create matchup problems and force defensive coordinators to game plan for a new twist in Georgia’s offense.

“I think we’ll do anything we can to get him the ball,” Smart said. “The problem we’ve got, it’s a good problem to have, but there’s other guys we’ve got to get the ball in their hands, too. You’ve got to find ways to get Mecole the ball and hopefully we’ll be able to do that.

“Hopefully the better he goes up and catches it, makes vertical plays down the field, it’ll take the top off some of these defenses where we’ve struggled to do that in the past.”

Featured photo: Jeff Sentell/AJC

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