Dexter McCluster

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Dexter McCluster
Mccluster spring game.jpg
McCluster receives an award in April 2010.
No. 22     Tennessee Titans
Wide Receiver / Running Back / Return Specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-08-25) August 25, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Largo, Florida
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school: Largo (FL)
College: Mississippi
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Debuted in 2010 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (2013)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2013)
  • AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 4, 2013)
  • AFC Special Teams Player of the Month (December 2013)
  • Week 1 - Pepsi Rookie of Week (2010)
  • Cotton Bowl Offensive MVP (2009, 2010)
  • First-team All-SEC (2009)
  • Third-team All American (2009)
  • Second-team All-SEC honors (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2014
Rushing Yards 745
Receptions 195
Receiving Yards 1,668
Total TDs 10
Stats at NFL.com

Dexter Marquise McCluster (born August 25, 1988) is an American football kick returner and wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football for Ole Miss.

High school career[edit]

McCluster attended Largo High School in Largo, Florida where he was an honor roll student and where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He was a state qualifier in the long jump and in the high jump. In football, his junior season, he rushed for 1,424 yards and 14 touchdowns. As a senior in leading the Largo Packers to the 2005 District Championship, he rushed for 2,490 yards and 39 touchdowns. Also as a senior, he was named to the First Team All-State 5A by the Florida Sports Writers Association and named All-Suncoast Player of the Year by the St. Petersburg Times Mr.2000. McCluster was selected Most Valuable Player in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South Football All- Star Classic game.

In track & field, McCluster was a state qualifier in the jumping events. He got personal-best leaps of 6.94 meters in the long jump and 1.99 meters in the high jump. In the sprinting events, he recorded times of 11.53 seconds in the 100 meters and 22.67 seconds in the 200 meters.[1]

College career[edit]

As a true freshman in 2006, McCluster started five of the first six games before suffering an injury. He finished the season with 15 receptions for 232 receiving yards, 68 rushing yards on eight attempts and two touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2007 he played in the final eight games of the year after missing the first four due to the injury. He finished with 326 yards on 27 receptions and 63 yards on 6 rushing attempts with two touchdowns. As a junior in 2008 he earned second team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press after rushing for 655 yards on 109 attempts and 44 receptions for 625 yards with seven touchdowns.

McCluster's senior season was full of highlights as he set two school records against Tennessee for rushing yards in a game with 282 and all purpose yards in a game with 324.[2] In his final game in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, he ran for 148 yards and threw the only collegiate touchdown pass of his career in the 25-23 win over then 9th-ranked LSU. He rushed for 1,169 yards on 181 attempts (a 6.4 yards per carry average), and made 44 receptions for 520 yards with 12 total touchdowns that made him the only player in SEC history to rush for over 1,000 yards and receive for 500 yards in a single season. He finished his college career at Ole Miss with 3,685 yards from scrimmage and 23 TD's.[3]

College statistics[edit]

Rushing Stats
Year
Team
Att
Yards
AVG
LG
TD
2006 Ole Miss Rebels 8 68 8.5 31 1
2007 Ole Miss Rebels 6 63 10.5 29 0
2008 Ole Miss Rebels 109 655 6.0 40 6
2009 Ole Miss Rebels 181 1169 6.5 86 8
Total 304 1955 6.4 86 15
Receiving statistics
Year
Team
Rec
Yards
AVG
LG
TD
2006 Ole Miss Rebels 15 232 15.5 49 1
2007 Ole Miss Rebels 27 326 12.1 46 2
2008 Ole Miss Rebels 44 625 14.2 56 1
2009 Ole Miss Rebels 44 520 11.8 64 3
Total 130 1703 13.1 64 7

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

According to CBSSports.com,[4] McCluster was projected to be drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. On April 23, McCluster was drafted 36th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 9 in 172 lb 29 14 in 8 38 in 4.53 s 1.55 s 2.50 s 4.06 s 6.73 s 37.5 in 9 ft 10 in 20 reps 18
All values from NFL Combine.[5]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

McCluster signed a $5.15 million, 4 year contract with the Chiefs on July 28, 2010.[6]

McCluster scored his first NFL touchdown in his professional debut on a 94-yard punt return on September 13, 2010 against the San Diego Chargers. The 94-yard return was the longest punt return in Chiefs history. McCluster scored his first rushing NFL touchdown on a run in the season finale of the Chiefs 2011 season.

Tennessee Titans[edit]

On March 11, 2014, McCluster signed a three year, $12 million contract to join the Tennessee Titans.[7]

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