CAREER HONORS: 2003--Received the Rock Weir Most Improved Player Award along with Patrick Estes and Phillip Sims for the spring practice period.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2004--Started every game at safety for the second year in a row ...defensive captain ... also played on virtually every special teams unit at some point during the season ... was healthy all season unlike 2003 when he played on an injured knee ...made 50 tackles ...had at least five tackles on five occasions ... broke up four passes, tied for third on the team ... recovered a fumble in the first quarter against Temple that set up UVa's first touchdown of the season ... six tackles against North Carolina ...five stops in a win over Syracuse ...five tackles against Miami, four vs. Georgia Tech and five at Virginia Tech ... led the team with a career-high 13 tackles against Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl.
2003--Started all 13 games at one safety spot despite playing most of the season with a knee injury that required surgery following the season ...third on the team in tackling with an average of 7.5 tpg ... finished with 97 tackles, fourth most by a defensive back in UVa history ...tied for second with two interceptions ... led the team in tackling the first four games ... two games with 10+ tackles ... led the team for the first time in his career with nine tackles against Duke ... made a team-leading 11 tackles against South Carolina to reach double figures for the first time ... shared the team lead with six stops in strong defensive effort vs. Western Michigan ...led the team for the fourth game in a row with nine tackles, including one for a loss, against Wake Forest ... also caused a fumble vs. the Demon Deacons ... nine solo tackles among his season-high 12 tackles in an overtime loss to Clemson ... intercepted a pass at the goal line to thwart a Tiger scoring opportunity just before halftime ...eight tackles and two pass break-ups against Florida State ... had a spectacular one-handed interception along the sideline to end Troy State's final possession and preserve a shutout ...seven tackles and a fumble caused in a win over Georgia Tech ...six solo tackles in the regular season finale vs. Virginia Tech ...made four tackles in the victory over Pittsburgh in the Continental Tire Bowl.
2002--Appeared in every game as the leading reserve at cornerback and in nickel situations ... also played on several special teams, including punt return and kickoff ... made 48 tackles, including 36 solo stops, tops among the team's reserves ... four or more tackles on seven occasions ...intercepted two passes and broke up three others ... five tackles against Florida State and intercepted his first pass of the season ... tied a school record with two fumble recoveries vs. South Carolina ... his first recovery was a big one ... following a UVa touchdown, he scooped up a fumble by the return man on the ensuing kickoff and dashed 17 yards for a touchdown ... season-high six tackles vs. Wake Forest ... had a good game against N.C. State ... made four tackles, broke up a pass and caused a fumble ... had five tackles, including his first tackle for loss, and got an interception that sparked the team to its rout of Maryland ... picked off a Scott McBrien pass in Maryland territory early in the second quarter ...the turnover set up UVa's first touchdown as the Cavaliers scored 34 unanswered points on the way to a 48-13 win ... three tackles, including stopping Avon Cobourne for a two-yard loss, vs. West Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl.
2001--Played in nine games as a reserve cornerback ... also played on kickoff, punt and punt return teams ... saw action in the first four games (Wisconsin, Richmond, Clemson and Duke) and last five games (N.C. State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Penn State) ... did not play in back-to-back games against Maryland and North Carolina due to an ankle injury ... dressed but did not play against Florida State ... finished with eight tackles, four unassisted, on the season ... made his collegiate debut in the season opener against Wisconsin ... intercepted a pass late in the second quarter of that game to kill a Badger drive ... made the interception at his 15-yard line and returned it 14 yards ... posted a season-high three tackles and caused a fumble in the 26-24 upset victory over Clemson ... also had three tackles, including two solo stops, the following week against Duke ... had one solo tackle and broke up a pass in the win over Georgia Tech ... assisted on one tackle against Richmond.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Hargrave Military Academy during 2000-01 ... played strong safety at Hargrave for head coach Lonnie Messick, leading the team to a 6-5 record ... blocked a punt, recovered the ball and ran it in for a touchdown in a 37-18 win over Fork Union ... registered two interceptions during the season ... 2000 graduate of William Fleming High School ... three-year football letterwinner at William Fleming, playing strong safety and running back ... earned All-State honors on offense and defense as a senior ... received honorable mention recognition that season in voting for Virginia State Player of the Year ... named offensive and defensive Regional Player of the Year and team MVP as a senior ... District and Regional Player of the Year as a junior ... second-team All-District on defense as a sophomore ... registered 129 tackles, including three sacks, intercepted five passes and recovered four fumbles as a junior ... rushed for 1,500 yards as a sophomore ... also registered 135 tackles, including six sacks, intercepted four passes and recovered a fumble on defense that season.
PERSONAL: Melvin Jermaine Hardy ... born 3-20-82 in Roanoke, Va. ... son of Debra Lynn Hardy ... psychology major.
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