BIO: Four-year starter awarded varying degrees of All-Conference honors since his freshman campaign. Posted 62/1/4 as a senior after 38/0/5 during an injury-riddled junior campaign. Career-best numbers of 102/2/11 came as a sophomore.
POSITIVES: Intense competitor with an outstanding head for the game. Quickly diagnoses the action, has a burst of speed and works to get involved. Can pedal in reverse, transition, then run with receivers down field. Explosive defending running or screen plays, and effective on special-teams coverage units.
NEGATIVES: Undersized and more of a drag-down tackler. Does not display a quick plant and break to the throw. Durability issues have been a concern the past two seasons.
ANALYSIS: Possessing marginal size/speed numbers, McCleskey plays smart which gives him a decided advantage. Potential dime back who should excel as a special-teamer.