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DEMARCO MCCLESKEY
Position: HB
Class: Sr
School: Cincinnati
Conference: C-USA
Ht., Wt.: 5'10, 212
40 Time: 4.62
Grade: 3.38

BIO: Productive collegiate running back who led the team in rushing the previous two seasons. Second-team All-Conference selection as a senior after carrying 315 times for 1,361 yards with 15 scores and catching 32 passes for 368 yards with another pair of TDs. Junior totals were 179-765-7 on the ground with 10-115 as a pass catcher. Impacted the program as a true freshman with 162-861-11 carrying the ball.

POSITIVES: Nice-sized interior back who picks up the tough yardage. Sees the field, works to avoid piles then keeps driving up the field and gets a lot of momentum going. Runs with forward lean, strong in his lower body and picks up yardage off initial contact. Patient and waits for blocks to develop at the line or down the field. Adequate receiver out of the backfield and keeps the play in bounds running after the catch.

NEGATIVES: Not an elusive runner who creates if nothing is available nor does he show the ability to immediately cut it back against the grain. Lacks the speed to get around the corner and stands to pick up his blocking intensity.

ANALYSIS: Does enough things well that he should get consideration in the late frames.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

2002 Receiving Statistics
Receptions Receiving Yards Yards Per Reception Touchdowns
32 368 11.5 2

2002 Rushing Statistics
Rushing Yards Attempts Average per Rush Touchdowns
1361 315 4.32 15

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