March 15, 2007
McCluster looking forward to return
Life came at one Ole Miss Player 100 miles per hour last season until it came to a crashing halt in just one game.
For true freshman Dexter McCluster, it was a dream comes true when he made his opening debut against Memphis. The big time play maker and speed guy had 268 all-purpose yards in his debut and scored a touchdown. The freshman caught six passes for 86 yards, ran four times for 60 yards and returned five kickoffs for 122 yards.
"What a way to start out my college career," McCluster said. "I will never forget that game, that's for sure."
McCluster season came to an early ending against Vanderbilt when he received a very bad stinger to his shoulder.
"Everyone thought it was a lot worse, broken this or that, but it was just a very bad stinger," McCluster said last week. "They were worried about nerve damage but everything is going great now, I feel I'm very close to 100 percent."
While the always positive McCluster is participating in some spring drills, he still isn't participating in contact yet.
"They just want to make sure that I'm ready for that first hit," laughed McCluster. "I'm not worried about it and I'm not scared, that's probably why they are being cautious."
McCluster ended his freshmen year playing in six ballgames, finishing the year with 232 yards on 15 receptions. He added another 274 yards on 13 kick off returns and 73 yards on seven attempts. He finished his spectacular first season with two touchdowns.
This off season McCluster has focused on getting stronger and bigger in hopes of preventing injuries like the one that sidelined him last fall.
"By getting stronger I will be able to get off the ball and line of scrimmage better," McCluster said. "It will also help me from getting injured. I feel I'm in great shape right now."
Another thing that McCluster has been working hard on this spring and off season is becoming a better student of the game.
"I'm spending a lot of time in the film room," McCluster said. "I have the offense down really well at this point."
Apparently the team this spring has picked up McCluster's positive attitude about things.
"The entire team attitude is great," McCluster said. "Everyone is focused and you can tell everyone is tired of excuses. We are ready to starting winning a lot of ballgames."
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