Hardy, Middleton Collect Rivals.com All-America Accolades
Nov. 29, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior wide receiver James Hardy and sophomore defensive end Greg Middleton earned slots on Rivals.com All-America Second Team, the organization announced Thursday. This comes on the heels of Hardy earning Rivals.com Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors, and Middleton collected first team All-Big Ten accolades.
A first team All-Big Ten selection, Biletnikoff Award semifinalist and the team's most valuable player, Hardy shattered career and single-season receiving marks in 2007. Hardy is the Hoosiers' all-time receiving leader in touchdowns (36), yards (2,690) and receptions (186). He is the only wide receiver in Indiana history to surpass 2,500 career yards, 175 career receptions and 35 career touchdowns.
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native completed the 2007 regular season with 1,075 yards, 16 touchdowns (second nationally), 74 receptions, 89.6 yards per game and 14.5 yards per grab. Hardy set new single-season school records in touchdowns and receptions while finishing second in yards and becoming just the fourth Hoosier to reach the 1,000-yard mark. He caught a TD grab in 11 of 12 games, which is a school record, and finished tied for third on the Big Ten's single-season list with his 16 TDs.
Hardy's 14-career 100-yard games and 10 multi-TD games are each school records, and he was the lone wide receiver in the country to record a touchdown in each of his first eight games this season. His nine-game touchdown streak (dating back to the 2006 finale) set a new school record. Hardy held the previous record of six along with Jade Butcher (1967-69). He opened the 2005 season with a scoring grab in each of the first six games as well and is the only receiver in school history to collect a scoring strike in six straight games on two separate occasions.
Middleton, who was selected as a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, became the first IU defensive lineman since Adewale Ogunleye in 1997 to earn first team All-Big Ten honors. With his 2.5 sacks against Purdue on November 17, Middleton set a new single-season school record with 16 and currently leads the nation. He eclipsed the previous mark of 14 set by Van Waiters back in 1987. The total also tied for fourth place in a Big Ten single season.
Additionally, Middleton finished the regular season with 17 tackles for loss (tied for sixth in an IU single season), which is the most since Ogunleye collected the same total in 1997. He anchored a defense that set a new school record with 42 sacks this season and ranked in the top five nationally all year.
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