Harding Selected To FWAA All-America Second Team

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 in UH Corner

DALLAS – University of Hawai’i multi-purpose standout Scott Harding capped his illustrious career by being selected second-team All-America punter by the Football Writers Association of America.

Harding is the program’s second FWAA All-American all-time joining offensive lineman Hercules Satele, who earned first-team honors in 2007.  The FWAA All-America Team was first selected in 1944, three years after the organization was formed, and is the second-longest continuously-published team in major college football.

Since completing his eligibility, Harding was picked as the team’s Most Valuable Player for the second straight season and first-team all-Mountain West as a punter and honorable mention all-MW as a punt returner. He was also a finalist for the Polynesian Hall of Fame College Football Player of the Year and semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter.

The Brisbane, Australia native set a single-season school record with 86 punts in 2014 with a 41.3 average and was among the nation’s leaders with 34 punts inside the 20, including 17 inside the 10. His unique punting style directly led to five turnovers while 85% of his punts were not returned.

As a punt returner, Harding averaged 8.8 yards per return while 10 of his 25 returns went for 10 yards or more. He tied the school’s single-game school record with seven returns (76 yards) against Northern Iowa, a game in which he was selected as the MW’s Special Teams Player of the Week, and finished his career ranked second all-time with 88 returns.

Harding also made five starts at slot receiver and finished third on the team with 34 receptions for 457 yards and three touchdowns. His four-year receiving totals included 116 catches for 1,476 yards and six touchdowns.