There aren’t too many bright spots coming off a 1-11 campaign in 2013, but the receiving efforts of Harding were one of them. The Brisbane, Australia native is exactly the kind of offensive contributor the Warriors have dug up in the past, an underappreciated, overlooked talent that blossoms in the tropical zone. The leading returning receiver, Harding was also an honorable mention All-MWC pick as a punter.
A 2004 graduate of Anglican Church Grammar School in Queensland, he became a member of the Australian Rules Football national team at the age of 15. Harding played six seasons in the Australian Football League, five of those with the Brisbane Lions. Drafted by Brisbane in 2005 out of the Morningside club. Eventually decided he wanted a college education in the United States and to try his hand at American football.
Although he caught only six passes as a freshman in 2011, he was named to the Football Writers Association of America’s Freshman All-American first team as a punt returner. Played in 12 games as a freshman. In 2012, he played in 12 games and got eight starts at one of the receiver spots. He also did some punting and held for kicks. He was second on the team with 20 catches for 321 yards, averaging a team-best 16.0 yards per catch. Things heated up in 2013, when he made seven starts as a slot receiver and ended the season with 56 catches for 631 yards and a score. Served as the team’s primary punter and punt returner and caught five passes or more in nine of that team’s last 11 games. Had his most productive game in the team’s season finale (and lone win), catching five passes for 94 yards and his only score.
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