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Junior Greg Hardin was named to the All-Big Sky first team on Tuesday.
Hardin garners first team All-Big Sky honors
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Updated: Monday 11/21/2012 12:24:54 (ET)
by Ryan Powell, UND Media Relations
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OGDEN, Utah – North Dakota wide receiver Greg Hardin was named to the All-Big Sky first team on Tuesday as league officials announced their postseason football awards. Hardin, who received the first team accolade for his play at wide receiver, was also among seven UND players to receive honorable mention honors.

Hardin put together a historic junior season in what was UND’s first as a Big Sky member. The Bellevue, Neb., native led the league in all-purpose yards with 1,668 yards and ranked second in receiving yards with 1,145 (eighth in the FCS). He was also tops in the league with 15 total touchdowns and 14 receiving touchdowns. 

His 333-yard receiving effort against Montana broke the Big Sky single-game record as he finished with five 100-yard receiving games on the season. As a kick returner, he averaged 31.6 yards per return and  ran one back 98 yards for a touchdown in a win over Southern Utah. 

Six UND seniors joined Hardin in earning honorable mention honors for their play during the season. The six players include a trio of offensive linemen, a pair of defensive ends and quarterback Braden Hanson. The left-handed signal caller threw for 1,964 yards in seven appearances, including six starts. He tossed 15 touchdowns and broke the Big Sky single-game record with a 660-yard effort in the 40-34 victory over Montana (second most in FCS history). 

The two defensive representatives were Ross Brenneman and Jay Nelson. The three O-lineman honored were center Ian McGurran, who started all 44 games of his collegiate career, guard Caleb Gillson and tackle Emmett  Lynch.

2012 All-Big Sky Football Team
First Team
Greg Hardin, WR (65 receptions for 1,145 yards, 14 receiving TDs, 15 total TDs)
Honorable Mention
Braden Hanson, QB (started six games, appeared in seven, threw for 1,964 yards and 15 TDs)
Caleb Gillson, OG (started all 11 games at guard)
Emmett Lynch, OT (started 10 of 11 games)
Ian McGurran, C (started all 11 games for fourth straight season)
Jay Nelson, DE (started all games, led team with six tackles for a loss)
Ross Brenneman, DE (started nine games, tied for second all-time at UND with 18.5 sacks)
Greg Hardin, KR (amassed 508 kickoff return yards, averaged 31.6/return, 1 TD)

-- Go UND --
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