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ASU in the Pros Series: Bengals DT Marcus Hardison

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Injuries have delayed the potential success for this former Sun Devil.

NFL: Preseason-Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Fast, athletic and versatile for his 6-foot-3, 310 pound frame, Marcus Hardison was selected in the fourth round, 135th overall, by the Cincinnatti Bengals in the 2015 NFL Draft.

From that point on, it hasn’t been the NFL career he may have expected.

In 2015, Hardison made a slight impact for the Bengals, but all of it was in the preseason. His nine total tackles and one sack in four preseason games were a contribution for Hardison, but not enough for him to see playing.

Hardison suffered a knee injury through the first four weeks of the season and then went inactive for the rest of 2015.

In 2016, Hardison gave it another shot. He managed three tackles in two preseason games, and then suffered another injury. This time, it was his shoulder. It was even more serious as it sent him on injured reserve for the entire season.

The now healthy defensive tackle is poised for greater success. On the 2017 Bengals depth chart, Hardison is second right behind right defensive tackle Geno Atkins, according to Ourlads.com

Arizona State Statistics

2013: 4 GP, 5 Tackles, 1 Sack

2014: 12 GP, 53 Tackles, 10 Sacks, 2 INT’s, 3 Forced Fumbles

  • All Pac-12 Honorable Mention
  • Led Arizona State with 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss his senior season