Carey Mecole (MEE-cole) Hardman was a high school All-American defender as well as Class AAA Georgia Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback his senior year at Elbert County High School. The top 50 prospect nationally signed with the Bulldogs for the 2016 season, and played in 11 games on special teams, making four coverage tackles and returning one kickoff for 17 yards. Coaches got him the ball on offense in 2017, even starting him once in 15 games played at receiver (25-418-16.7, four TD receiving; 8-61-7.6 two TD rushing). Hardman provided excitement on special teams, as he ranked eighth in the FBS on punt-return average (23-271-11.8) and also excelled on kickoff returns (20-505-25.3). He scored both of the Bulldogs' touchdowns against Alabama in the national championship game. He continued to make plays as a receiver (34-532-15.6, seven TD receiving; 5-36-7.2 rushing in 14 games with five starts) and on special teams as a junior, garnering second-team All-SEC notice for his returns (16-321-20.1, one TD on punts; 14-353-25.2 on kickoffs). He would have ranked second in the FBS in punt-return average but came up one return short of qualifying.
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