The Fighting Irish finished the regular season undefeated and No. 1 for the first time since 1988.
HARDY'S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 8, BYU, Nov 23, 2013 (4-4)
Tackles for loss: 1.0, Navy, Nov 2, 2013 (1-0)
JUNIOR SEASON (2013): Played in 10 games, making starts at safety against both Pittsburgh (Nov. 9) and BYU (Nov. 23) ... recorded 26 tackles, including 14 solos ... contributed one tackle for loss ... his two starts accounted for 15 of his 26 tackles on the year ... made a career-high eight tackles against BYU ... tackled seven Panthers at Pittsburgh ... recorded four tackles, including his first career TFL, against Navy (Nov. 2) ... posted a pair of solo stops at Air Force (Oct. 26) ... turned in a three-tackle day against USC (Oct. 19) ... shared on his first collegiate tackle at Michigan (Sept. 7).
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012): Did not see any action during the season.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see any action during the season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: First-team Associated Press Ohio Division I all-state pick as a defensive back for 2010 ... first-team defensive back on Columbus Dispatch all-metro team ... first-team defensive back on Associated Press Ohio Central All-District squad ... rated 209th on Rivals.com list of top 250 players nationally ... four-year starter at safety for Central High School in Pickerington, Ohio ... made 63 tackles as a senior in 2010 to go with five tackles for loss and six passes broken up ... intercepted four passes as a senior and returned one for a score ... also played at running back ... helped Pickerington Central to 11-1 record mark as a senior, with only loss coming 13-6 to Hilliard Davidson in Ohio state playoffs, with Hilliard Davidson becoming first team in nine games to score 10 or more points against Central defense ... rushed for 60 yards vs. Grove City ... scored on 70-yard punt return vs. Lancaster in win that also included 55-rushing yards and eight tackles ... scored on 37-yard rushing play and ran an interception back for a TD in first round of Ohio playoffs vs. Troy ... helped Central record six shutout wins in 2010 ... ran opening kickoff back 98 yards and later scored on 26-yard run in playoff win over Westerville South that also included six tackles on defense ... made 75 tackles, three interceptions and forced three fumbles as a junior in 2009 ... second-team defensive back on Associated Press Ohio All-Central District squad as junior in 2009 ... played cornerback in Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C., playing along with future Irish classmate Jarrett Grace ... brother, Eisen, made 61 tackles and seven pass breakups as senior defensive back at Ohio Dominican in 2012 ... brother, Terrance Brown, played wide receiver at Michigan State in 1998-2001 ... played for coach Jay Sharrett at Pickerington Central High School ... son of Bill and Tina Hardy ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in sociology.