Football Home
Tennessee Sports
Buy Tickets Tenn Fund
ALERT
BUTCH JONES NAMED VOLS' NEW FOOTBALL COACH. CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY »

ROSTER » SCHEDULE » COACHES » FACILITIES » STATS » NEWS » HISTORY

     
    Montario Hardesty 2    
     
      Montario Hardesty
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
New Bern, N.C.

High School:
New Bern

Weight:
215

Position:
TB

Major:
Sport Management

HONORS

  • 2009 All-SEC Coaches (2nd), AP (2nd)
  • SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 30, 2009)

CAREER GAMES/STARTS - 49/19

2009 - Games/ Starts - 13/13 ... Had breakout collegiate campaign, totaling 1,345 rushing yards to rank fourth in SEC ... Season rushing yardage total (1,345) fourth-best in UT history, and season rushing attempts (282) second only to Travis Stephens (291) in 2001 ... Finished eighth on UT's career rushing chart with 2,381 yards ... Established career high with 171 yards versus Vanderbilt, only to top it with 179 yards the next week against Kentucky ... Finished that regular season finale with 20-yard scamper to provide winning touchdown in overtime ... Third TD and longest carry of game ... Earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors for efforts against Wildcats ... Toted the ball 32 times against Vanderbilt and 39 times at Kentucky, combining for 71 rushing attempts, 350 yards and four touchdowns ... Also turned in 100-yard rushing efforts against Western Kentucky (160), Ohio (140) and South Carolina (121) ... Best previous game output before WKU effort was 78 at Mississippi State in 2007 ... Scored at least one rushing touchdown in 10 games ... Did not fumble in any of his 282 rushing attempts ... Only fumble was after pass reception in season's opening drive against Western Kentucky ... Caught 25 passes on season for 302 yards, including one touchdown ... Saved best receiving day for last, catching four passes for career-high 79 yards against Virginia Tech in Chick-fil-A Bowl ... Included was career-best 47-yard scamper on screen pass that set up Vols TD ... Also caught four passes for 66 yards at Alabama ... Caught at least one pass in 12 of 13 games, drawing his only blank against Georgia ... Combined for 14 total touchdowns (13 rushing, 1 receiving) to better his career mark entering 2009 ... Used signature spin moves on 14-yard touchdown scamper against South Carolina and 4-yard tally against Virginia Tech ... Entered this season with 1,046 yards rushing and 103 receiving.

2008 - Games/Starts: 11/1 ... Paced 2008 Vols with six touchdowns, all rushing ... Second on team with 76 rushing attempts, finishing with 271 yards ... Also caught four passes for 24 yards ... Hard-nosed ball carrier scored twice at UCLA while gaining 66 yards on 12 attempts -- all season highs ... First time he scored multiple touchdowns in one game ... Rushed 10 times for 35 yards and TD at Auburn ... Also scored touchdowns against UAB, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt ... Only start of season came at Nashville after having missed Wyoming game with injury ... Topped career 1,000-yard rushing mark against Commodores on 27-yard gain - his longest from scrimmage since that highlight-reel TD run against California in 2006 ... Finished with 41 yards on seven carries and one touchdown vs. Vanderbilt ... Added TDs against UAB, Auburn and Mississippi State.

2007 - Games/Starts: 10/0 ... Had Vols' only rushing TD against California ... Finished game with 27 yards on nine carries and added two receptions for four yards against Golden Bears ... Rushed two times for 11 yards against Southern Miss ... Rushed for 68 yards and touchdown on 14 carries versus Georgia ... Ran for career-high 78 yards at Mississippi State ... Had only two offensive touches against South Carolina, but scored touchdown ... Carried 20 time for 65 yards against Arkansas and added eight attempts for 26 yards at Kentucky ... Missed three contests, including SEC Championship Game, because of injury ... Returned to contribute 56 all-purpose yards in Outback Bowl against Wisconsin ... Had season-long run of 26 yards against Badgers and season-long reception of 21 yards.

2006 - Games/Starts: 13/5 ... Showed he had fully recovered from a torn ACL when he powered through California defense for 43-yard TD run in season opener ... Finished with 56 yards on five carries ... Career highs in attempts (19) and yards (73) while scoring second TD of career against Air Force ... Made first career start against Florida ... Had eight carries for 21 yards and scored a touchdown for the fourth consecutive game against Marshall ... Became first running back since Travis Stephens in 2000 to rush for touchdown in four consecutive games ... Had 14 carries for 43 yards and saw consecutive touchdown games streak snapped at Memphis ... Eight carries for 25 yards and caught one pass for 22 yards against South Carolina ... Led team in rushing with 52 yards on 12 carries at Arkansas ... Ran for 52 yards for the second consecutive week against Vanderbilt ... Had 27 yards on seven carries against Kentucky ... Named to Tennessee's Thornton Center 40-Plus Club after completing at least 40 credit hours during the academic year.

2005 - Games/Starts: 2/0 ... Received medical hardship for 2005 because of knee injury suffered against Mississippi ... Appeared in two games before injury ... Rushed four times in Ole Miss game for 14 yards ... Carried twice at LSU for four yards.

HIGH SCHOOL - Rushed for 2,002 yards as high school senior after gaining 1,987 rushing yards previous season ... Named All-Area and All-Conference in 2004 after being selected honorable mention All-State previous season ... Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... Earned offensive MVP honors for his play in 2004 Shrine Bowl ... Competing for North Carolina squad, rushed 12 times for 55 yards and one touchdown to go with five kickoff returns for 136 combined yards ... Scored 19 touchdowns each of final two seasons, with three addi-tional touchdown receptions as junior ... Track and field standout with times of 10.36 in 100M and 21.65 in 200M ... State 100M finalist in 2003.

COACH AT NEW BERN HIGH SCHOOL - Chip Williams.

BORN - Feb. 1, 1987.

MONTARIO HARDESTY CAREER STATISTICS
RUSHING AVG AVG HIGH
YEAR G ATTYDSATTGMTDLONGYDS
2005 2 6 18 3.0 9.0 0 11-Miss 14-Miss
2006 13 107 384 3.6 29.5 4 43-Cal 72-AF
2007 10 89 373 4.2 33.9 3 26-Wis 78-MSU
2008 11 76 271 3.6 24.6 6 27-Van 66-UCLA
2009 13 282 1,345 4.8 103.5 13 43-WKy 179-Ky

Totals 49 560 2,391 4.3 48.8 26 43-2x 179-Ky
RECEIVING AVG AVG HIGH
YEAR G RECYDSRECGMTDLONGYDS
2005 2 0 0 -- 0.0 0 -- --
2006 13 6 54 9.0 4.2 0 22-SC 22-SC
2007 10 3 25 8.3 2.3 0 21-Wis 21-Wis
2008 11 4 24 6.0 2.2 0 12-MSU 12-MSU
2009 13 25 302 12.1 23.2 1 47-VT 79-VT

Totals 49 38 405 10.7 8.3 1 47-VT 79-VT
Official Online Store

This week on sale:

    Tennessee Auction

    BID NOW! >>