Tag:Mississippi Runnin' Rebels
Posted on: February 27, 2010 12:07 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2010 12:48 pm

Mighty mite McCluster ready to "do it all"

Dexter McCluster isn't letting the fact that he was the first player in SEC history to rush for over 1,000 yards and gain more than 500 yards receiving in a single season serve as the only proof that he can play both positions in the NFL.

He is electing to both the running back and wide receiver workouts this week at the Combine. McCluster is the only known player who will be working out at two positions

At a time when so many players are waiting for their Pro Days to work out, McCluster's willingness to do both (as well as do his timed drills on the same day) is refreshing.

If his time at running back and receiver isn't enough, McCluster would also like to see time as a returner... And is willing to do any drills coaches want him to do if he is going to get a chance to play the gunner position he'd had early in his career with the Rebels.

Speaking on whether he'd prefer returning punts or kicks in the NFL, McCluster said, "A lot of people ask me... I told them punt return. I love that you have to think a little quicker. I love that. My quickness and my ability to stop and go, I believe, is a big aspect of my game."

McCluster went on to say, "I always want to be a gunner on the punt team. I love doing that. I tried to get on it this year, but coach wouldn't let me do it to save me. But that's something I love.

McCluster's straight-line speed is, surprisingly, one of the questions scouts have about him, McCluster is confident he'll run well tomorrow -- going so far as to predict his time of "something in the 4.3s."

Posted on: November 11, 2009 10:03 pm

Greg Hardy out for year... Out of 1st Rd too?

Mississippi defensive end Greg Hardy is expected to miss the rest of the 2009 season due to a broken left wrist. The injury occurred earlier in the year, but was made worse in Saturday's matchup with Northern Arizona. Hardy, according to head coach Houston Nutt, will undergo surgery on the wrist tomorrow. His collegiate career appears over.

The 6-4, 265 pound Hardy is a dominating force when healthy. The problem is, he's never made it through an entire season with the Rebels, battling multiple foot injuries before the fractured wrist.

He led the Rebels in sacks this season (5) and had 26.5 for his career. Injuries kept him from starting a single game as a junior (and only four as a sophomore) but in the 19 games in which he played, Hardy registered 18.5 sacks, earning all-conference accolades from league coaches after both seasons.

In an era of pure speed rushers, Hardy's size, strength and hand technique made him unique. He enjoyed some of his most impressive games against the SEC's top tackles. His 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and multiple hurries of Tim Tebow were a primary reason for the Rebels' stunning victory over Florida last year.

NFLDraftScout.com has ranked him as the top defensive end of the 2010 senior class from the beginning -- and from a talent standpoint he deserves to remain there even with this latest injury.

For all of his talent, however, Hardy's lack of durability and off-beat personality is certain to drop him on draft day. Few players in league history will have been more scrutinized (both medically and in interviews) at the Combine. It will take a confident team, indeed, willing to spend a first round pick on a player who has never made it through a full collegiate season healthy.

In a draft destined to be known for great defensive linemen (principally Ndamukong Suh and potentially Gerald McCoy), Greg Hardy remains the enigma. If he can ever recover his health, he could be prove to be the best pass rusher from this class.

Posted on: September 6, 2009 3:59 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2009 4:14 pm

DE Greg Hardy Hurt

Only minutes into their opener against Memphis, Mississippi defensive end Greg Hardy, NFLDraftScout.com's #3 ranked senior prospect for the 2010 NFL Draft, had to be helped off the field with an injury to his lower left leg.

Hardy had struggled with injuries to his right foot previously in his career, undergoing several surgeries and even a scare this off-season when he was involved in a car accident.

On this play, Tiger wide receiver Duke Calhoun attempted to cut block Hardy, who was attacking the line of scrimmage as a stand-up rusher. Calhoun made a legal cut on Hardy. Hardy's left foot, however, appeared to be twisted under the receiver's body. Hardy was in immediate pain, writhing on the field and seemingly struggle to tell Ole Miss trainers what was wrong.

Hardy was helped to the sideline with trainers supporting him on either side. He was putting some weight on the leg, but was walking very gingerly. Hardy is on the sideline, walking under his own power, but there hasn't yet been an update as to if he'll return to the field in this game.

Hardy's inability to remain healthy is certainly a concern for scouts. His ability to wreak havoc off the edge, however, is tantalizing. Entering his senior campaign, the 6-4, 265 pound Hardy has already posted 21.5 sacks and 7 forced fumbles.

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