Reporting Day: The Bisons are back

SEARCY – Aug. 6 was reporting day for the 2021 Harding football team. With 114 players listed on the roster, the Bisons will begin preparations for its first game since the 2019 NCAA Division II playoffs on Sept. 4 at home against East Central.

Harding will return seven offensive starters off the 2019 team that led the entire NCAA in rushing at 373.6 yards per game.

Two standouts — linebacker Dylan Hendricks and cornerback Cory Batie — return to anchor the Harding defense.

With no 2020 season, the 2021 roster will include 45 players who have appeared for the Bisons and 69 players looking to make their Harding debuts. The class breakdown: 13 seniors, 17 juniors, 20 sophomores and 64 freshmen (from the 2020 and 2021 signing classes).

After a weekend of meetings and preseason preparations, Harding practiced for the first time on Monday.

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