Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
2013: Returning starter at left offensive guard ... preseason third team All-ACC choice by Lindy’s Sports ... missed the contact portion of spring drills while recovering from surgery performed on both shoulders in early January, 2013 ... provides Duke with a reliable presence along the offensive front ... intelligent lineman with sound technique ... has starting experience at both guard and center during his tenure in Durham ... could also play tackle if needed ... in 36 career games (27 starts), has played 2,315 career snaps ... career starting assignment total ranks sixth among active offensive linemen in the ACC ... one of four returning starters along the Duke offensive line as the group (Harding, Takoby Cofield, Perry Simmons & Laken Tomlinson) combines for an ACC-high 104 career starts entering the 2013 campaign ... in May, 2012, spearheaded a trip along with nine teammates to Langano, Ethiopia for water well-digging project ... Duke’s 2013 nomination for the annual American Football Coaches Association’s Good Works Team which honors student-athletes for excellence in community service ... three-time Academic All-ACC pick ... one of four active Duke offensive lineman to earn Academic All-ACC accolades joining John Coleman, Simmons and Tomlinson ... one of five Duke players enrolled in graduate school, joining Kenny Anunike, Ross Cockrell, Coleman and Sydney Sarmiento.
2012: Honorable mention All-ACC pick by the league’s media representatives ... first team Capital One Academic All-District III choice ... Academic All-ACC selection ... semifinalist for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award given to one collegiate and one professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others ... started all 13 games ... helped the Blue Devils score a school single-season record 410 points while ranking second in the ACC in sacks allowed per pass attempt (1:29.00) ... part of a Duke offense that ranked among the ACC leaders in first downs per game (4th; 22.15), time of possession (4th; 31:07), passing yards per game (5th; 283.9) and points per game (5th; 31.5) ... helped in the protection of 3,000-yard passer Sean Renfree (3,113) as Duke became just the second team in ACC history (Florida State, 1995) to have two 1,000-yard receivers in Jamison Crowder (1,074) and Conner Vernon (1,074) ... part of an offensive unit that boasted a school single-season record and NCAA-best three players with 65+ pass receptions ... in the run game, assisted in opening holes as Duke’s top three running backs combined to rush for 1,401 yards on 283 attempts (4.95 avg.) ... on the field for 916 snaps including a season-high 90 against North Carolina.
2011: Academic All-ACC selection ... played in 11 games with 10 starts ... missed the Wake Forest tilt due to injury ... started seven games (Richmond, Stanford, Boston College, Tulane, FIU, Florida State & Virginia) at center and three weeks (Miami, Georgia Tech & North Carolina) at left guard ... helped Duke rank among the ACC leaders in both passing offense (2nd) and sacks allowed per passing attempt (3rd) ... aided a Blue Devil passing attack that had four players catch 40+ passes for just the second time in school history and first time since 1982 ... part of a Duke line that opened holes for 19 rushing TDs, a total that matched the program’s highest since 1995 ... at the program’s annual banquet, received the Ace Parker Award (presented annually to the player who displays unparalleled commitment to the team and overcomes adversity to contribute) and the Frances Cutcliffe Spirit of Perseverance Award (presented annually to the player who best displays the toughness and perseverance to overcome challenges and continue to strive for victory) at the program’s annual banquet ... played a total of 751 snaps including a season-high 84 at Boston College.
2010: Third team Freshman All-America pick by Phil Steele ... Academic All-ACC choice ... played in all 12 games with four starting assignments ... started the final four games of the season ... part of an offensive line that ranked third in the league in sacks allowed per passing attempt as the Blue Devils had five players with 30 or more receptions for the just the second time in school history ... helped Duke’s passing attack rank second in the ACC as quarterback Sean Renfree became just the fourth player in school history to throw for 3,000+ yards ... also aided in Duke’s enhanced rushing attack that showed marked improvement in yards per game (+46.5), yards per attempt (+1.2), runs of 20 or more yards (+8) and total rushing TDs (+13) ... on the field for 648 total snaps including a season-high 80 plays against both Virginia and Boston College.
2009: Did not see game action.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Three-year letterman at Boone under Phil Ziglar ... participated in the annual Under Armour All-American Game on January 4, 2009 in Orlando, Fla. ... listed as the 33rd-best offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com ... tabbed the 44th-top offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com ... serving as team captain, helped Boone to an 11-3 record and appearance in the state playoff semifinals in senior season ... named 6A first team all-state by the Florida Sports Writers Association ... All-Dixie Region pick by SuperPrep ... named to the All-Central Florida first team by the Orlando Sentinel ... also earned all-conference and all-county honors and played in the Florida East-West all-star game ... first team all-metro pick as a junior as Boone went 14-1 and reached the state title game ... helped Boone to a three-year ledger of 34-9 ... also lettered in track and field.
PERSONAL: Son of David and Merrie Harding ... father played soccer at N.C. State ... mother earned a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Duke in 1987 ... born January 1, 1991 ... graduated from Duke in May, 2013 with a degree in public policy studies while minoring in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies ... currently pursuing a graduate degree in political science.