August 19, 2022
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Diamond In The Rough: Timothy Hardnett

Timothy Hardnett is a class of 2021 wide receiver and cornerback out of Tara High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Hardnett is 6’0″ and weighs 167 pounds. He is a versatile, multipurpose athlete who has a good speed. He also has excellent vision and an impressive cutting ability. Hardnett holds a 3.0 gpa and runs around a 4.4.


At what age did you begin playing football and what motivated you to play?

I started playing football when I was around six years old. Playing during my high school years has been kind of stressful as I switched schools. I came from Port Allen High School to Tara High School. I had to sit out and had injuries like breaking my thumb. Ever since those setbacks, everything has been getting better. I am trying to make this year the best since it is my last.

How do you think your coaches and teammates would describe you?

I think they would describe me as a leader, but not that vocal. I show everyone what to do and use my actions more. I try to act as a role model and demonstrate everything physically.

What’s your favorite thing about your position?

My new position is cornerback! This is my first year playing it. It is new to me. I have never played it before, but I am good at it so far.

What are some specific goals you have for this season?

My main goal is to get at least six picks this season. I want to also get around 500 receiving yards since we only have these eight games.

What has football taught you about yourself or life?

It taught me how to lead better and how to face adversity. You have to face challenged in the real world, but you just have to get over it. That is how it is in football. When someone gets hurts, it is time for whoever is next up. You have to face that. We faced a lot of adversity this year, especially with COVID-19.

What would you tell younger players who want to play high school football one day?

I would tell younger players to just go out there and try it out!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In five years, I see myself getting out of college with a degree. Hopefully, I will be going to a bigger football league. If that does not work out, I will just find a job.

Three words to describe yourself are?

Three words to describe myself are outgoing, determined and focused!

What is one thing could you not go a day without?

I can not go a day without football!

What hobbies are you involved in besides your sport?

Sometimes, I do play video games. When it is football season, that is mainly what I do and focus on!

What would you say are some of your strengths?

I have pretty good body control and can catch the ball well. I run around a 4.4, so that helped a lot as a cornerback.

What’s your favorite thing about playing football in Louisiana?

I just like the competition and the excitement of playing in this state.

If you could vacation anywhere in the world right now, where would you pick?

I would pick somewhere out of this country! I am not sure on where specifically, but I want to experience and see new things.

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