Friday, December 26, 2014

Maclin Tidbits

From the Quick Study department, one of the Post Patterns specialties:

Maclin Tidbits

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From the Quick Study department, one of the Post Patterns specialties:

* Jeremy Maclin didn't do well in his 40-yard dash times at the NFL Combine, but that was partially the result of a tumble during passing drills in which he suffered a hyperextension of his left knee and a bruised hip. He was timed at 4.45, but was given unofficial clockings that morning, before the fall, of 4.35 and slightly better.

* He was given a medical hardship prior to his 2006 redshirt season, after tearing the ACL in his right knee at the start of camp. He didn't miss any time because of the knee during either the 2007 or 2008 seasons at Missouri.

* Consensus first-team All-American this past season. The NFL Draft Report named him the National Special Teams Player of the Year. Andy Reid said Maclin was drafted as a receiver, not a returner, but "we'll look at him, see how he does. He is pretty good at that, though."

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* His 99-yard kickoff return in 2007 against Kansas State was the longest in NCAA history by a freshman.

* Maclin is just the third player in NCAA history to average more than 200 all-purpose yards per game in his career.

* He'll be a fine addition to the Eagles charity hoops team, too. He was an all-conference guard in high school.

So far, the Bob Brookover Quote of the Day is: "Jacksonville's drafted two offensive tackles so far. Tra's back must be hurting."

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