Detrez Newsome eclipsed the 3,000 yard rushing mark with 146 rushing yards in road win
Team holds its first, most extensive scrimmage of preseason camp
CSN talks with DBs coaches Blake Gideon and Zac Etheridge and a couple of student-athletes in preview
CSN talks with special teams coordinator Pat Mills and a couple of student-athletes in preview
WCU holds first scrimmage session of preseason training camp
Western Carolina football snapped a seven-game road losing skid with a 42-27 win at Gardner-Webb on Saturday night.
2015 (Sophomore): Saw action in seven games on the year, each as a defensive substitute and on special teams ... Finished the year with nine tackles including eight solo stops ... Racked up 305 all-purpose yards on 14 kickoff returns, averaging 43.6 all-purpose yards per game ... Posted a career-best 102 return yards on four kickoff returns at VMI (Nov. 21) including a career-long of 37 yards.
2014 (Freshman): Saw action in six games on special teams and as a defensive reserve ... Finished with two tackles, both solo stops ... Made his collegiate debut in the home-opener against Brevard (Sept. 6), recording his first career tackle in the win ... Matched his career-best tackle with one against The Citadel (Oct. 25) ... Playing for the Purple squad, credited with three tackles including a sack while also recording an interception and a pass break-up in WCU's annual Spring Game.
Prior to Western Carolina: A solid, all-round performer who is a three-sport standout ... Was named to the AJC AA All-State team and the 2-AA Offensive Player of the Year ... Named to the Georgia Coaches Association All-State team as a defensive back and Earned Enmark All-Star team honors as a running back ... Accounted for 30 total touchdowns during his senior season ... Rushed for 1,672 yards and 24 touchdowns with 10 catches for 218 receiving yards and two scores ... Defensively, finished with 58 tackles and two sacks ... Recorded five interceptions returning two for touchdowns including a 90 yard, pick-six against Atkinson County ... Started three years at cornerback ... Was also key in the Indians' special teams on kick returns, returning a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in earning first team All-Middle Georgia honors ... Scored six touchdowns in a single game against Metter on Sept. 27, 2013, compiling 183 rushing yards on 17 carries with a 55-yard TD reception ... Also played basketball and baseball as a prep, starting for both squads ... High school coach was Lee Chomskis.
Personal: Full name is Travares Hardy, but prefers to go by Tra (pronounced Tray) ... Is the son of Gregg Hardy and Constance Durden.