The 5-10, 170-pound McCalebb, the fastest man at the NFL Scouting Combine with a sub 4-3-second 40-yard dash, is making the switch to cornerback for the May 10-12 rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium as the Bengals try to find a position for him while auditioning his return skills. Too slight to play NFL running back, McCalebb could also get a look at receiver. The CFA class stands at 12. - Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Scouts representing 23 NFL teams were on The Plains Tuesday for the Tigers' annual Pro Day, as 14 former Auburn football players participated in a number of drills and tests hoping to earn a spot in the upcoming NFL Draft. Running back/return specialist Onterio McCalebb, who had one of the fastest 40-yard dash times at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, said of Tuesday's workout. "It's always a blessing to go out and compete and show everybody what you can do. I feel like I did well. I really feel blessed to have been able to compete at Auburn one more time. This is home to me." McCalebb had a vertical jump of 37", a broad jump of 10'1", and 10 reps on the bench press in addition to his unofficial times in the three-cone drill (6.92), long (11.17) and short (4.23) shuttles and the 40-yard dash (4.29) at Tuesday's Pro Day. - Auburn football
03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Former Auburn football stars were trying to impress NFL scouts at pro day Tuesday morning. After a few Tigers impressed coaches at the NFL combine, there was plenty of buzz about Onterio McCalebb, Corey Lemonier, and company. Despite a poor 2012 season, some of Auburn's leaders still attracted attention from NFL scouts at pro day Tuesday. Scouts looking for Onterio Mccalebb had to hurry because of his blazing 4.26 40 time. "When I was up there at the combine, all the coaches asked what are your weaknesses and your strengths," McCalebb said. "I told them my strength is running and my weakness is catching the ball and blocking. But, you can always get better at everything you do." - Dayne Young, WRBL TV 3 News
03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Representatives from 15 NFL teams gathered at Auburn's pro day on March 5. A total of 10 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. Onterio McCalebb, RB (5-10 1/4, 169) - McCalebb ran the 40 in 4.33 and 4.34 seconds, had a 37-inch vertical and 10-10 broad jump, had a 4.31-second short shuttle and 7.01-second three-cone drill, and did 10 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. The best shot for McCalebb at sticking in the NFL is as a return specialist. His size is an issue as far as durability is concerned at the running back position. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Onterio McCalebb...McCalebb might have benefited the most from the extra publicity provided by Pro Day. He continued to run blistering - if unofficial - 40 yard dashes with his fastest being unofficially clocked at 4.29 seconds. Scouts who buy into game film more than drills can see his productivity if plugged into the right system. For those looking for workout warriors, McCalebb did not disappoint. While the main knock on McCalebb is his seemingly frail 168-pound frame, he completed 10 reps in the bench press - seven more than 313-pound guard John Sullen - showing that he has the upper body strength to take a hit. McCalebb's only falter came in receiving drills. Teams willing to buy into his speed must know if he can also catch the ball out of the backfield, and McCalebb dropped two passes early. However, once in a rhythm, McCalebb looked fluid coming out of routes. - Andrew Yawn, The Auburn Plainsman
03/05/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Auburn running back Onterrio McCalebb had done more than enough at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.34 40-yard dash on the fast track at Lucas Oil Stadium during positional testing Feb. 24. He wasn't about to back down from another shot at the stopwatch Tuesday at Auburn's Pro Day. McCalebb ran an unofficial 4.29 40, according to Auburn's athletic department, with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-1-inch broadjump. His unofficial 40 time at the combine was 4.21, which would've set a new event record. It was adjusted later to 4.34, but he was still the fastest running back in Indy. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
03/05/2013 - What to watch for as Auburn's NFL hopefuls work out at Pro Day...HOW FAST WILL ONTERIO GO? For about an hour at the NFL Combine 10 days ago, Onterio McCalebb had most of the crowd at Indianapolis wondering if he'd broken Chris Johnson's official 40-yard dash time of 4.24 seconds after McCalebb was clocked at 4.21 by the NFL Network. McCalebb's time was officially recorded as a 4.34, leaving him a full tenth off of Johnson's mark, but players tend to run faster at their Pro Days, and McCalebb could put up an eye-popping number. - Joel A. Erickson, Alabama Live
03/05/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: McCalebb, to nobody's surprise, ran a blistering 4.29 40-yard dash unofficially at Auburn's Pro Day, a number that fits with the 4.34 he officially ran in Indianapolis a week and a half ago. But most NFL teams are interested in another number with McCalebb. "They want to know if I can gain weight," McCalebb said.
McCalebb, who has been measured at 5-10, said he weighed in at 169 at Auburn's Pro Day, a figure that makes him the lightest running back in the draft. Always slight of build, McCalebb's weight has gone up five pounds since the Senior Bowl, but it can be tough sledding. Auburn has been trying to put weight on McCalebb ever since he arrived. "I think we've tried since we've been here, and he's gotten a little bit heavier," Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said. "But he's put together well. He's tough. He's a physical guy, and he's fearless. That will go a long way."
McCalebb believes he will continue to get bigger as his draft preparation progresses over the course of the next month and a half. His size has been an issue for years. "It is about size, but when I get to the next level, I have time to put weight on," McCalebb said. "It's all about heart." - Joel A. Erickson, Alabama Live
03/05/2013 - Auburn University will host its pro day on Tuesday, as 14 players try to catch the eye of NFL scouts with April's draft closing in on the horizon. After going through workouts, drills and tests galore at the NFL Combine a little over a week ago, tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, defensive end Corey Lemonier and running back Onterio McCalebb are back to participate in Auburn's pro day, set to begin Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Lemonier's 4.60-second time in the 40-yard dash was one of the best among defensive linemen, while McCalebb was briefly believed to have broken Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson's previous time of 4.24 seconds in the drill. McCalebb settled for an official time of 4.34 seconds instead, which is like settling for four scoops of ice cream instead of five. Joining them from Auburn's 2012 team are wide receivers Emory Blake, Travante Stallworth and DeAngelo Benton, linebackers Daren Bates and Jonathan Evans, offensive lineman John Sullen and defensive back T'Sharvan Bell. - Griffin Gotta, The Auburn Villager
03/05/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Because of his speed, though -- and his explosive abilities; McCalebb leaped 37 inches at Auburn's Pro Day, three full inches higher than his Combine jump -- NFL teams are looking for a way to use him. McCalebb says he probably fits best as a Dexter McCluster type, a player with kick return ability who can be used as a third-down back and receiver out on the edge, but NFL teams asked him to go through defensive back drills on Monday, even though McCalebb hasn't played cornerback since high school.
Other teams have asked him about possibly playing the slot, and he went through all of the same pass-catching drills as the rest of the receivers. McCalebb was timed at 4.23 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 6.92 seconds in the 3-cone drill, numbers that would have ranked in the middle of the NFL Combine receivers group. McCalebb says he has no problem changing positions, but his original role is likely his best fit on a football field. "I think I'd do that best, third-down back, line up in the slot, get one-on-one with the linebacker and catch the ball," McCalebb said. - Joel A. Erickson, Alabama Live
02/24/2013 - Auburn running back Ontario McCalebb showed off his speed during the 40-yard dash on Sunday, posting an unofficial time of 4.21 on this second attempt. It was a slight improvement over his first run (4.27). If McCalebb's time holds up, it would be the fastest of the day, surpassing Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (4.27).
McCalebb, who measured at 5-10 and 168 pounds, was mostly a back-up running back and return specialist for the Tigers through college. He finished his Auburn career 2,586 rushing yards with at least 565 yards in each of his four seasons in college. McCalebb also had two career kickoff returns for touchdowns, averaging 25.7 yards per return.
Although his lack of size and bulk will limit his ceiling at the next level, he reemphasized on Sunday that he has more than enough speed to make a difference in the NFL. Similar to Denver Broncos specialist Trindon Holliday, McCalebb might not be much more than a return man in the pros, but he has the speed to create with the ball in his hands. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/24/2013 - For a brief time, Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb looked poised to topple Chris Johnson's NFL Combine 40-yard-dash record of 4.24 seconds. But his unofficial time of 4.21 took a monster hit when it became legit and he's been credited with a 4.34 official time. Not that 4.34 is slow or anything. It still qualifies McCalebb as the second-fastest time of Sunday's action, tying him with West Virginia wideout Tavon Austin and Texas A&M receiver Ryan Swope. Those three trail Texas wideout Marquise Goodwin, who posted a 4.27 official time.
McCalebb ran a 4.21 and 4.27 unofficially, but there weren't a whole lot of people that believed his official time would take down CJ2K, including the man who set the mark himself. You could argue that Bo Jackson's 4.12 40 time at the 1986 combine is the greatest run of all time. But it was before the league started making the times "official," so Johnson technically holds the record. And, having survived the wideout and running back workouts, it's a record he's likely to keep a grip on for one more year. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
01/18/2013 - Former Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb confirmed he will be playing in the Senior Bowl in Mobile on Jan. 26. It will be the third straight week McCalebb, who is a member of the "Stars" team along with John Sullen and Daren Bates for Saturday's Raycom College Football All-Star Classic at Montgomery's Cramton Bowl, takes part in an all-star game. He had seven carries for 38 yards and a 16-yard reception in last week's Casino Del-Sol All-Star Game.
McCalebb, who had 94 carries for 570 yards with six touchdowns and 18 receptions for 132 yards in addition to his 23 kick returns for 523 yards with a touchdown this season, joins former Tigers tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen on the Senior Bowl roster. Lutzenkirchen will not be able to play as he continues to recover from hip surgery which ended his senior season prematurely. - James Crepea, The Montgomery Advertiser
01/11/2013 - Welcome to the Onterio McCalebb postseason tour. The super-speedy Auburn running back began his audition for pro scouts this week in practice for the Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game, which will be held Friday at Kino Stadium at 7 p.m. McCalebb will move on to the inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic in Montgomery, Ala., on Jan. 19, and then to the Texas vs. The Nation game in Allen, Texas, on Feb. 2.
McCalebb wants to get as much exposure as he can to show he has more than just a great time in the 40-yard dash; he says he finished it in 4.28 seconds the last time he tried. "A lot of people know I can run. That's my specialty - running fast," McCalebb said. "My plan is to go the NFL Combine and run the fastest time. "But I have hands, too. I'm not necessarily just a running back. I can play slot receiver." - Anthony Gimino, The Tucson Citizen
01/07/2013 - The Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game released its final rosters Sunday night, adding, among others, a pair of Oklahoma defensive tackles and a player who amassed more than 4,500 total yards at Auburn. There are 102 players on the East and West rosters for the game, which will be played at Kino Stadium on Friday, starting at 7 p.m.
One of the top offensive players in the game should be Onterio McCalebb, who is fourth on Auburn's career list for all-purpose yards with 4,566. He ran for 2,586 career yards, had 620 receiving yards and returned 53 kicks for 1,360 yards and two touchdowns. - Anthony Gimino, The Tuscon Citizen
01/02/2013 - Auburn seniors Onterio McCalebb, Daren Bates, and John Sullen have all confirmed that they will play in the Raycom College Football All-Star Classic. Officials of the Raycom Classic confirmed McCalebb and Sullen's selection to play in the game, and Daren Bates tweeted that he would play in the Classic. The Raycom College Football All-Star Classic will be played on January 19, in Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. - Josh Rultenberg, Dothanfirst.com
11/17/2012 - Tre Mason threw for two touchdowns and Onterio McCalebb added two rushing scores to lead Auburn to a 51-7 win over Alabama A&M on Saturday. Mason passed for 181 yards and McCalebb ran for 104 yards for the Tigers (3-8). Auburn ran for a combined 341 rushing yards and finished with 512 total yards, as the Tigers picked up their third win of the season and posted their highest scoring total of the season.
McCalebb finished with 142 all-purpose yards. Mason's two first-quarter touchdown runs, including an 86-yard score, helped give Auburn a 21-0 lead at the end of the quarter, and a 35-0 lead by halftime. Freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace finished 10-of-18 for 171 yards passing and on touchdown for the Tigers. Deaunte Mason went 17-of-28 passing for 186 yards and threw an interception for Alabama A&M (7-4) in the losing effort. - AP Sports
09/17/2012 - WEEK 3 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB ONTERIO McCALEBB (Auburn) -- Had 11 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown and two catches for six yards against Louisiana-Monroe. - SEC football
09/15/2012 - Cody Parkey hit a 35-yard field goal in overtime on Saturday to lift Auburn to a 31-28 win over a Louisiana-Monroe team trying to pull off another Southeastern Conference upset. The Tigers (1-2) stopped Kolton Browning and the Warhawks to start overtime, and Justin Manton's 37-yard field goal fell short. Then Tre Mason rushed for 10 yards, and Kiehl Frazier downed the ball on the next play to set up Parkey's winning kick. The Warhawks (1-1) rallied from 28-7 down to shock Arkansas in overtime a week ago, a rare victory against the SEC. This one wouldn't have been that much of a shocker against struggling Auburn, which led 28-14 midway through the fourth quarter. Onterio McCalebb rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers. Kiehl Frazier threw one touchdown pass and caught another, both 33 yards. Browning went 28-of-46 passing for 237 yards and three touchdowns. - AP Sports
09/11/2012 - LOOKING GOOD: The special teams were a bright spot. Onterio McCalebb returned a kickoff 100 yards for a TD, Angelo Blackson blocked Devon Bell's 43-yard field-goal try, and Cody Parkey hit a 23-yard field goal to go 5-for-5 this season. McCalebb returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to start the second half. It was the second kickoff return TD of his career, and Auburn's first 100-yarder since Tim Carter's vs. LSU in 2000. - The Sports Xchange
09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB/RS ONTERIO McCALEBB (Auburn) -- Returned kick 100 yards for a touchdown and accounted for 149 all-purpose yards in Auburn's 28-10 loss at Mississippi State. - SEC football
09/01/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Dual-threat QB Kiehl Frazier won the starting job last week over Clint Moseley, in part because Moseley missed reps battling a sore shoulder. He'll be aided by a fine receiving corps and a backfield committee led by senior Onterio McCalebb, who has more than 2,000 career rushing yards. New coordinator Scot Loeffler will play more of a hard-nosed style than Gus Malzahn, the new Arkansas State coach. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Onterio McCalebb -- The 5-11, 173-pound senior will lead a committee of backs trying to replace Michael Dyer. He already has more than 2,000 career rushing yards, and is Auburn's all-time leader in kickoff return average (27.90). In 2010, he set the school record for yards per carry in a season (8.5). - The Sports Xchange
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): RS Onterio McCalebb (22), Auburn, Sr., has been selected second team All-SEC (KR) for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC media. - Auburn football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): RB Onterio McCalebb (19), Auburn, Sr., has been selected third team All-SEC (RB) for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC media. - Auburn football
07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Onterio McCalebb (Sr.), Auburn, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. - Doak Walker Award
07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Onterio McCalebb, Auburn, RB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. - The Maxwell Football Club
05/15/2012 - 2012 AUBURN OUTLOOK: Returning 17 starters in any other league but the Southeastern Conference and any other division but the SEC West might be a guarantee of a BCS bid. For Auburn, it just means that it might challenge Arkansas for third place in the West. If there is good news with the schedule, it's that most of the Tigers' "big" games are at home, including LSU, Arkansas and Georgia. But a season opener with Atlantic Coast Conference champ Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta means they have to be on point right away. If not, head coach Gene Chizik, along with new coordinators Scot Loeffler (offense) and Brian VanGorder (defense) will be under the gun from a demanding fan base. SCOUTING THE AUBURN OFFENSE: The main difference from Loeffler to former coordinator Gus Malzahn is that the offense might not be as free-wheeling, with fewer called QB runs but more power football. Nevertheless, the Tigers will use the mobility of Kiehl Frazier in some role, especially if he beats out injury-prone Clint Moseley for the starting job. Onterio McCalebb figures to be the featured running back, an opportunity he's been thirsting for the last couple of years, and made his case for the expanded role with 109 yards in the Chick-fil-A Bowl blowout of Virginia. The line returns three starters, including center Reese Dismukes, who was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team. - The Sports Xchange