Jermarcus "Yoshi" Hardrick emerged as a dependable starting left tackle for Nebraska in 2011, while becoming a leader for the Husker offense. The 6-7, 320-pound Hardrick started all 13 games despite battling minor injuries throughout the season.
The play of Hardrick and the Nebraska offensive line allowed the Huskers to rank 15th nationally in rushing offense at 217.2 yards per game. Nebraska rolled up better than 200 rushing yards seven times in 2011, including three games with at least 300 yards on the ground.
Hardrick earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Nebraska in May of 2012.
Hardrick was one of the stabilizing forces for an offensive line by starting all 13 games at left tackle. He and fellow senior Marcel Jones gave Nebraska an impressive pair of bookend tackles during Big Ten Conference play. Behind the play of the line, Nebraska racked up back-to-back 300-yard rushing games in wins over Washington and Wyoming, and the offensive line also played a key role in wearing down the Ohio State defense in a school-record comeback win. The Huskers rushed for 232 yards and had 423 yards of total offense against the Buckeyes, including 195 second-half rushing yards.
The line helped NU put up a season-high 346 rushing yards at Minnesota, and also top the 200-yard rushing mark in the season finale against Iowa. Hardrick and the line also paved the way for junior I-back Rex Burkhead to rush for 1,357 yards in 2011.
Hardrick played in all 14 games and helped Nebraska rush for at least 200 yards in 10 games, while three Nebraska rushers surpassed 950 yards on the season. Hardrick also served on NU's PAT and field-goal units.
Before Nebraska (Fort Scott CC/South Panola HS)
Hardrick was one of three junior-college players in the 2010 recruiting class, and he was the first Mississippi native to sign with Nebraska since Brandon Jackson in 2004. Hardrick's play in 2009 helped Fort Scott and Coach Jeff Sims to an 11-1 record, and a national runner-up finish. Hardrick was a key figure for an offense that averaged better than 30 points per game and led the Jayhawk Conference in total offense, averaging more than 420 yards per game.
Hardrick was a first-team all-conference pick for his efforts in 2009, as well as an All-Region VI pick. As a freshman at Fort Scott, Hardrick was a second-team All-Jayhawk Conference pick, helping the school to a 9-2 record and a No. 6 final national ranking.
Hardrick was a dominant offensive lineman at South Panola High School where he played for one of the nation's most dominant prep programs. South Panola did not lose a game while Hardrick was in high school, winning Mississippi 5A state titles in each of his three seasons on the team. Hardrick was listed among the top 15 overall junior-college prospects in the country and among the top three offensive line recruits. Hardrick also visited LSU, and had offers from Arkansas, South Florida, Southern Miss and Ole Miss among others.
Jermarcus was born on May 30, 1990, and is the son of Delores Hardrick. He majored in sociology at Nebraska and earned his bachelor's degree in May of 2012.
Hardrick's Career Statistics
» Games Played- 27 (14 in 2010; 13 in 2011)
» Games Started- 13 (13 in 2011)