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Tennessee Senior Day 2009: Montario Hardesty

We've mentioned this before, but it's worth mentioning again:  although Arian Foster, LaMarcus Coker, Lennon Creer, and Bryce Brown were all talked about more than he was, Montario Hardesty has outperformed them all.

Hardesty has 956 rushing yards thru the first ten games of the season, and will almost certainly become the first Vol to run for 1,000 yards in a season since Gerald Riggs and Cedric Houston both did it in 2004.  If he can pick up 334 yards in the final three games, he'll have one of the five best individual seasons in UT history.  And he is currently 13th on UT's all-time rushing chart, where those same 334 yards would get him into the Top 10 all-time.  He has already joined an elite club of Vols to run for over 2,000 yards in their collegiate careers.

What makes Hardesty great?

The final nail in Cal's coffin, way back in 2006:


The big run against Georgia:




Setting the tone this season:


The Spin Move:

Hardesty's name takes its place in the great tradition of Tennessee running backs, a tradition that felt broken in these last few years, but one #2 has worked hard to restore this season.