Posted: 5:02 pm Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
Although Erick Hardnett transferred from Cardinal Newman to Dwyer in March, he has yet to practice with the Panthers.
Hardnett was forced to sit out spring practice due to rhabdomyolysis, which is a breakdown of muscle tissue that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents into the blood and could cause kidney damage. Instead, Hardnett spent May watching Dwyer’s spring practices from the sideline and working out with former Crusaders star Travis Rudolph, who is his cousin.
Since dehydration irritated Hardnett’s condition after suiting up for Cardinal Newman against Miami-Westminster Christian in the Class 3A regional finals on Nov. 22, his doctor has not cleared him to play tackle football.
“I kept taking a lot of hits to my stomach running the ball and I also tried to play a lot of defense, but I wasn’t drinking enough water,” Hardnett said. “I ended up falling out after the game when we went out to eat and I went to the hospital.”
But Hardnett expects to receive the OK to resume tackle football when he visits the doctor on June 18.
“I almost had kidney failure,” Hardnett said. “When I went to the hospital, they gave me like four bags of IVs and some medicine to help my kidneys. Everything is back to normal now.”
Hardnett played at running back for the Crusaders last season, rushing for 905 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. The 19th ranked player on the PBgametime.com Class of 2015 Big Board is still waiting on his first offer, but he has received interest from schools like Miami and Florida State.
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.