Draft Scout Snapshot:HIGH RISER: DS Rating on 9/1/09: #28 RB, #377/750 Overall, Projected Rd: 2009 Senior Bowl Invite…2008: 11 GP; 1 GS; Rush: 76-271-3.6-6; Rec: 4-24-6-0; 0 Sol-1 TT, 1 BLK; Paced 2008 Vols with six touchdowns, all rushing … Second on team with 76 rushing attempts … Only start of season came at Nashville after having missed Wyoming game with a stress fracture in his leg; finished with 41 yards on seven carries and one touchdown vs. Vanderbilt. 2007: 10 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 89-373-4.2-3; Rec: 3-25-8.3-0; Missed three contests, including SEC Championship Game, because of ankle injuries … Returned to contribute 56 all-purpose yards in Outback Bowl against Wisconsin. 2006: 13 GP; 5 GS; Rush: 107-384-3.6-4; Rec: 6-54-9-0; Showed he had fully recovered from a torn ACL when he powered through California defense for 43-yard TD run in season opener. 2005: 2 GP; 0 GS; Rush: 6-18-3-0; Received medical hardship for 2005 because of knee injury suffered against Mississippi.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Browns' picks: Round 2/59 -- Montario Hardesty, RB, 5-11 1/2, 225, Tennessee, The Browns look at Hardesty as "a banger" and plan to make him their feature back. After a series of knee injuries he started 13 games and rushed for 1,345 yards last season. - by The Sports Xchange
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12/28/12 - RB Montario Hardesty figures to start Sunday against Pittsburgh, his first start of the season. Hardesty did a lot of offseason work, but has gotten just 48 carries as the bulk of the work has gone to Trent Richardson. Hardesty views the start as an opportunity, but he gets to go against one of the league's best run defenses.
12/12/12 - RB Montario Hardesty practiced without limitation despite a knee injury.
12/10/12 - RB Montario Hardesty ran very well in relief of Trent Richardson. Hardesty led the Browns in rushing with 52 yards on 10 carries, and had a 25-yard run. Hardesty worked hard in the offseason for a chance, and deserves a few more carries. But coach Pat Shurmur likes to stick with one back and run him a lot. Hardesty could be effective with 12-to-14 carries a game.
12/09/12 - RB Montario Hardesty led the Browns with 52 yards rushing, outgaining Trent Richardson by 10 yards.
10/25/12 - RB Montario Hardesty isn't saying much, but he has to be eager to show the offseason work he put in was worth it. Hardesty spent time at former NFL center LeCharles Bentley's O-Line academy in suburban Cleveland. Bentley tailored workouts to strengthen Hardesty's knees. He has run well, but has to sit behind Trent Richardson. Hardesty could get a full chance if Richardson is deemed unable to play on Sunday.