If we’re discussing a true weapon that can make an impact on more than one side of the ball and in multiple aspects, junior wide receiver/return specialist Mecole Hardman is a great example. Georgia has quite a few athletes that are very agile and dynamic like Hardman. His numbers are watered down a bit by the presence of other dynamic weapons on the Georgia offense.
The 5-foot-11 and 183 pound Hardman has a career-high 576 total yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns this year. He is also averaging just over 20 yards per punt return and he has one punt return for a touchdown this season. His prowess in the open field and how slippery he can be on special teams is something to watch out for.
Last year, Hardman was one of the more versatile wide receivers in the nation as he was one of the best kick returners in the SEC and racked up two rushing touchdowns. His versatility is still there, he just didn’t get the same opportunity in those respects like he did last season. Texas has to be wary of that fact in the Sugar Bowl.
The Georgia receiving corps features a host of versatile weapons, but none more potent on both offense and special teams than Hardman. He’s someone the entire Texas defense needs to hone in on, and punting away from him might be a good idea too. Take Hardman out of the equation, and it becomes much easier to take the balance away from this Georgia offense.