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TARDY'S WSU CAREER
RS-SENIOR (2009): Earned a varsity letter after appearing in all 12 of WSU's games...made 11 starts...rushed 107 times for a team-leading 417 yards, averaging 3.9 yards per carry...rushed for a team-leading two touchdowns...longest carry was 37 yards against Arizona...completed one pass against California for 31 yards...caught 18 passes for 114 yards...rushed for a season-high 72 yards on eight touches against Notre Dame...carried the ball 16 times against USC and scored a touchdown...returned 13 kicks on the season for 257 return yards...finished the season with 788 all-purpose yards with an average of 65.7 per game...was the team's Offensive Player of the Week against Oregon State...earned All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention...his 448 total offensive yards was fourth on the team...became the first Cougar in school history to lead WSU in rushing four times. RS-JUNIOR (2008): Earned a varsity letter after appearing in 11 games...made eight starts...missed the Oregon State and USC games with an injury...133 carries for 481 yards were both team highs...averaged 3.6 yards per carry...scored three touchdowns on the season, one each against Portland State, Arizona and Hawaii...recorded a season-high 80 yards against Portland State on only 11 carries...season-long rush of 25 yards came against Oregon...caught 18 passes for 87 yards, including career-best five at Arizona State...received WSU's Offensive Player of the Week award following Oklahoma State game after rushing for 59 yards...481 yards of total offense was second on the team...earned WSU's "Big Hit" award following Arizona game. RS-SOPHOMORE (2007): Earned a varsity letter after starting eight of WSU's 12 games...tore his left ACL on his final run against UCLA and missed the final four games of the season...received the team's Pacific-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week nomination following his performances against both Wisconsin and UCLA...received the team's weekly Cougar Claw Offense Award following his performance against Idaho...was the Cougars' leading rusher with 676 net yards on 143 carries (4.7-yard average)...scored six rushing touchdowns...also caught 15 passes for 89 yards...ranked seventh in the conference and 70th nationally with 75.11 yards per game...rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown in the season-opener against Wisconsin...rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown against San Diego State...eclipsed the 100-yard mark against Idaho (108), and scored twice...rushed 37 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns against UCLA...carries are tied for fifth-most in a single-game all-time at WSU...the yardage ranks tied for ninth in a WSU single game...final touchdown against the Bruins was a career-long 51-yarder. RS-FRESHMAN (2006): Earned a varsity letter after appearing in each of WSU's 12 games...made 10 starts...received the team's Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week nomination following performance against Oregon...also received the team's weekly Cougar Claw Offense Award following performances against Stanford and USC...led WSU backs with 667 net yards and four rushing touchdowns...averaged 4.6 yards per carry...also caught 17 passes, one for a touchdown...threw a four-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Alex Brink against Baylor...ranked seventh among conference running backs with 55.6 yards per game...ran for 92 yards and a touchdown against Idaho in limited action...one of four backs with 60-plus yards against the Vandals...gained a season-best 97 yards against Stanford and then rushed for a season-high 145 yards on 20 carries against Oregon...added a touchdown against the Ducks...114 of his yards against Oregon came in the fourth quarter...finished the season with his second 100-yard rushing game, picking up 105 yards and a touchdown against Washington in the Apple Cup...member of WSU's punt return special teams unit. FRESHMAN (2005): Redshirt season.
TARDY'S HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Coached by Marijon Ancich at St. Paul High School, the winningest high school football coach in the state of California...as a JUNIOR rushed for 837 yards and nine touchdowns while missing part of the season with injuries...helped Swordsmen to a 10-3 overall record and a 5-0 Mission League record...schedule included Southern California powers Long Beach Poly, Banning and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame...eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark as a SENIOR, totaling 2,272 yards on the ground with 34 touchdowns...during the regular season eclipsed the 100-yard mark in eight of 10 games...topped the 200-yard mark three times during the regular season, including 309 yards against Alemany, 272 against St. Francis and 225 against Chaminade...also caught 14 passes for 153 yards and had 154 return yards...racked up nine touchdowns in first round of the playoffs in 77-35 win over Crescenta Valley...in that game scored on runs of five, six, seven, nine, 15, 41, 46 and 62 yards...also chipped in on defense, recording 33 tackles, two interceptions and recovering two fumbles...Swordsmen finished with 8-4 record and reached the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs...Los Angeles Times Southeast/South Coast All-Region First Team at running back.
Dwight Tardy...parents Willie Stell and Evelyn Engvall...raised by his grandmother Evelyn Ingram...has one brother Dontae and two sisters...enjoys riding bikes and dirt bikes...social sciences major.