Playing last season as a redshirt freshman, Fresno State wide receiver Delvon Hardaway flashed often on the practice field and in games.
He had four receptions in the victory over San Jose State, matching a season-high he had set against Nebraska, and followed that up with three more in a victory at Nevada. But consistency was an issue -- he did not catch a pass in five games and down the stretch, presumably closer to fitting all of the pieces together, he caught only one pass over the final three games.
But the game he was playing then, he said, is not the same one he is playing now.
"Last year was big, and it's a blessing to be able to come back after that year because now I know what to expect," Hardaway said. "I know what to do. I know the coverages more. It's just a different game. Once you've been out there, now you come to practice and you know what it's going to look like in a game, so it's easier. You have more experience. You're a veteran now.
"The game feels much slower. That was the big thing last year. After I got a catch, I felt like everything was zooming, moving real fast. But now, once you get that experience you now where guys are going to be so you have that upper hand."
The redshirt sophomore also is noticeably stronger, which will help getting off press coverage, in his routes, at the ball and of course with his blocking.
"That's a big thing. Last year I felt like I had a lot of playmaking ability getting around guys, but I got jacked around a little bit because I wasn't as strong. So that was one of the big things I talked about this year, getting stronger whole maintaining speed so I could be more effective blocking.
"I definitely feel it. Like (Monday) when I bumped into guys, I didn't feel like I got knocked around or anything, so you definitely feel it."