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Hardin is best of many North Dakota football weapons

North Dakota receiver Greg Hardin had only three catches for 22 yards in last week’s 35-13 victory at Sacramento State — and he’s still one of the best in the country statistically.

“We can move him around,” North Dakota coach Chris Mussman said. “We haven’t had the luxury as much to kind of hide him, move him around and create some matchups for him because we have some other kids. We’re starting to develop some depth at our skill positions and that’s the big thing for us.”

Though North Dakota (3-1) showed it could win handily without a big contribution from its junior receiver, he remains its biggest threat in an offense that leads the Big Sky Conference in yards from scrimmage.

Hardin has seven touchdown catches to lead all FCS receivers, and his 115.5 receiving yards per game slot him seventh in the nation.

He had 190 yards and three touchdowns on six catches in a 45-37 victory over Portland State to earn player of the week honors and followed that with eight catches for 142 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-41 loss at San Diego State.

He’s no stranger to success against Cal Poly, too. Hardin had season highs with nine catches and 108 yards against the Mustangs last season. He has 15 catches for 244 yards and two touchdowns in two career games against Cal Poly.