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Desmond Tardy
Desmond Tardy

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Indianapolis, Ind.

High School:
Warren Central

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 199

Position:
Wide Receiver



2007: Co-recipient team's Most Improved Award - Offense for spring season (also Dan Zaleski) ... appeared in all 13 games ... caught 10 passes for 93 yards (9.3 average) and a long of 26 yards ... returned eight kickoffs for 229 yards (28.6 average) and one touchdown ... returned two punts for 41 yards (20.5 average), including long of 31 yards ... caught three passes for 23 yards vs. Eastern Illinois on Sept. 8 ... recorded a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Minnesota on Oct. 22 ... hauled in one reception for 26 yards in the Motor City Bowl vs. Central Michigan on Dec. 26.

2006: Appeared in 12 games, including two starts ... had seven receptions for 88 yards (12.6 average) and one touchdown ... had two catches for 33 yards and a touchdown vs. Indiana State on Sept. 2 ... had career highs of three receptions for 39 yards at Northwestern on Oct. 14 ... made first career start vs. Indiana on Nov. 18 ... threw 23-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Adams at Hawai'i on Nov. 25.

2005: Played as reserve vs. Michigan State on Nov. 5 ... did not catch any passes ... had pass attempt in that game but a pass interference penalty nullified the play.

2004: Did not play.

High School: Ranked as No. 27 athlete in nation and No. 9 player in Indiana by Rivals.com ... listed No. 88 among Midwest players by SuperPrep ... named Indiana Mr. Football and Marion County Player of the Year as senior quarterback after rushing for 1,366 yards on 143 carries (9.6 average) and 21 touchdowns ... completed 45 of 91 passes for 893 yards and 16 touchdowns with only two interceptions ... National Player of the Week by USA Today after rushing for state finals record of 317 yards and four touchdowns in Class 5A state championship game vs. Penn ... team captured state crown ... selected for Indiana All-Star Game ... first team Junior All-State after rushing for 1,011 yards on 119 attempts (8.5 average) and 18 touchdowns while completing 31 of 69 passes for 613 yards and 12 touchdowns ... compiled two-year record of 25-3 ... coach was Kevin Wright ... also participated in basketball and track and field.

Personal: Given name is Desmond Andrew Tardy ... born Sept. 24, 1985 ... law and society major ... enjoys drawing and playing basketball and flag football ... father, Earl, played basketball at Wilmington College.