Mecole Hardman’s switch from defensive back to wide receiver last season got off to an inauspicious start, as the quarterback-turned-cornerback-turned-wide out failed to eclipse 27 yards in any of Georgia’s first six games, scoring only one touchdown through the air. Hardeman’s productivity picked up down the stretch as he eventually worked his way into finishing as the team’s third-leading receiver.
Hardman closed the season by catching 25 passes for 418 yards and four touchdowns, culminating in a national championship game in which he scored once on the ground and once through the air.
According to Hardman, he’s just starting to hit his stride.
“Going through a whole season at a spot you’re not comfortable at that you’re getting comfortable with, just doing that, and now with the spring with different experiences on and off the field, you get better and comfortable at your position,” he said.
Hardman said he plans on spending plenty more time in the end zone in the coming year, including on special teams where Hardman said he hopes to “take a couple back.”
He’s even got his first touchdown celebration already planned out.
“First game, I’ve got something in store for the first touchdown,” Hardman said.
He was reluctant to give much away regarding what exactly that first celebration will be, but said it comes from something he saw a professional athlete do and promised “it’ll be nice though.”
And if he scores enough to get through his cycle of original celebrations, Hardman said he hopes to move on to paying homage to past teammates.
“I’m going to salute Sony (Michel) one of these times if I get into the end zone enough to where I can salute him,” he said. “I’m definitely going to do the jazz hands for him.”
Of course, the touchdowns have to come before the celebrations, and with the season still months away, Hardman has plenty of time to work on both his skills as a receiver and his post-scoring dance moves.
But as he moves into his second season playing wide receiver, Hardman said things just keep coming easier.
“Just gets better as it goes,” he said.
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