Dexter McCluster
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McCluster in 2019
No. 22, 33
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1988-08-25) August 25, 1988 (age 35)
Largo, Florida, U.S.
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight:170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school:Largo
College:Ole Miss (2006–2009)
NFL draft:2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:250
Rushing yards:1,042
Receptions:236
Receiving yards:1,993
Return yards:2,942
Total touchdowns:12
Player stats at PFR

Dexter Marquise McCluster (born August 25, 1988) is a former gridiron football running back and return specialist. He played college football for the University of Mississippi. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft and also spent time with the Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers. McCluster also played in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Toronto Argonauts and in the National Arena League (NAL) for the Massachusetts Pirates.

High school career

McCluster attended Largo High School in Largo, Florida where he was an honor roll student and where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He was a state qualifier in the long jump and in the high jump. In football, his junior season, he rushed for 1,424 yards and 14 touchdowns. As a senior in leading the Largo Packers to the 2005 District Championship, he rushed for 2,490 yards and 39 touchdowns. Also as a senior, he was named to the First-team All-State 5A by the Florida Sports Writers Association and named All-Suncoast Player of the Year by the St. Petersburg Times Mr.2000. McCluster was selected Most Valuable Player in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South Football All- Star Classic game.

In track & field, McCluster was a state qualifier in the jumping events. He got personal-best leaps of 6.94 meters in the long jump and 1.99 meters in the high jump. In the sprinting events, he recorded times of 11.53 seconds in the 100 meters and 22.67 seconds in the 200 meters.[1]

College career

As a true freshman at the University of Mississippi in 2006, McCluster started five of the first six games before suffering an injury. He finished the season with 15 receptions for 232 receiving yards, 68 rushing yards on eight attempts and two touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2007 he played in the final eight games of the year after missing the first four due to the injury. He finished with 326 yards on 27 receptions and 63 yards on 6 rushing attempts with two touchdowns. As a junior in 2008 he earned second-team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press after rushing for 655 yards on 109 attempts and 44 receptions for 625 yards with seven touchdowns.

McCluster's senior season was full of highlights as he set two school records against Tennessee for rushing yards in a game with 282 and all-purpose yards in a game with 324.[2] In his final game in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, he ran for 148 yards and threw the only collegiate touchdown pass of his career in the 25-23 win over then 9th-ranked LSU. He rushed for 1,169 yards on 181 attempts (a 6.4 yards per carry average), and made 44 receptions for 520 yards with 12 total touchdowns that made him the only player in SEC history to rush for over 1,000 yards and receive for 500 yards in a single season. He finished his college career at Ole Miss with 3,685 yards from scrimmage and 23 TD's.[3]

College statistics

Season Team GP Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2006 Ole Miss 6 8 68 8.5 1 15 232 15.5 1
2007 Ole Miss 8 6 63 10.5 0 27 326 12.1 2
2008 Ole Miss 13 109 655 6.0 6 44 625 14.2 1
2009 Ole Miss 13 181 1,169 6.5 8 44 520 11.8 3
Career 40 304 1,955 6.4 15 130 1,703 13.1 7

Professional career

According to CBSSports.com,[4] McCluster was projected to be drafted in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. On April 23, McCluster was drafted 36th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
5 ft 8+34 in
(1.75 m)
172 lb
(78 kg)
29+14 in
(0.74 m)
8+38 in
(0.21 m)
4.58 s 1.61 s 2.75 s 4.06 s 6.73 s 37.5 in
(0.95 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
20 reps 18
All values from NFL Combine/3-cone from Pro Day.[6]
McCluster (#22) at the 2014 Pro Bowl.

Kansas City Chiefs

McCluster signed a $5.15 million, 4-year contract with the Chiefs on July 28, 2010.[7] McCluster scored his first NFL touchdown in his professional debut (the first game of the 2010 Chiefs season) on a 94-yard punt return on September 13, 2010, against the San Diego Chargers. With this score, McCluster became the youngest Chiefs player to score a touchdown in franchise history (21 years and 19 days old), a record that still stands as of the end of the 2023 season.[8] The record was previously held by Tamarick Vanover, who scored a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown in week 1 of the 1995 season vs. the Seattle Seahawks. Vanover was 21 years and 190 days old on the day of his first career touchdown, 171 days older than McCluster was when Vanover's record was broken.[8] The 94-yard score was also the longest punt return touchdown in Chiefs history until January 1, 2017, when Tyreek Hill returned a punt for 95 yards against the San Diego Chargers.[9]

On September 26, 2010, 13 days after his debut, McCluster caught a 31-yard pass from Matt Cassel, giving the rookie running back his first career offensive touchdown. As a result, McCluster is both the youngest and second-youngest Chiefs player to score a touchdown.[8]

On January 1, 2012, in the Chiefs' season finale against the Denver Broncos, McCluster scored his first NFL rushing touchdown on a 21-yard run in the first quarter. This proved to be the only touchdown of the day for either team, as the game ended in a 7-3 Chiefs victory.[10]

Tennessee Titans

On March 11, 2014, McCluster signed a three-year, $12 million contract to join the Tennessee Titans.[11] The Titans waived McCluster on September 2, 2016.[12]

San Diego Chargers

McCluster was signed to the San Diego Chargers on September 20, 2016.[13] He was placed on the Reserve/Non Football Injury list with a fractured forearm.[14]

Toronto Argonauts

On July 16, 2018, McCluster signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He made his debut on September 28, 2018, and recorded 4 rushes for 27 yards, 6 catches for 46 yards, and handled return duties on special teams. McCluster played in four games for the Argos during the 2018 season, and produced 117 yards on 22 carries, 111 yards on 12 catches, one punt return for six yards, and two kickoffs for 40 yards. He was released by the Argos on May 6, 2019.[15]

Massachusetts Pirates

On May 15, 2019, McCluster signed with the Massachusetts Pirates of the National Arena League.[16] McCluster appeared in 6 games while recording 19 receptions for 159 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns.

References

  1. ^ "Dexter McCluster". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  2. ^ McCluster sets two school records as Ole Miss runs over Tennessee
  3. ^ Dexter McCluster  #22  RB (August 25, 1988). "Dexter McCluster Stats, Splits, News, Photos - Mississippi Rebels - NCAA College Football - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved December 29, 2010.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Dexter McCluster, Mississippi, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com". CBSSports.com. Retrieved December 29, 2010.
  5. ^ "2010 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 13, 2023.
  6. ^ "Dexter McCluster". NFL.
  7. ^ "Chiefs announce McCluster, Arenas deals". National Football Post. July 28, 2010. Archived from the original on August 1, 2010. Retrieved August 3, 2010.
  8. ^ a b c "Stathead "Touchdown Finder": Every touchdown in Kansas City Chiefs history, sorted by ascending scorer age". Stathead. Retrieved March 21, 2024.
  9. ^ "Stathead "Touchdown Finder": All punt return touchdowns in Kansas City Chiefs history, sorted by descending distance". Stathead. Retrieved March 21, 2024.
  10. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos - January 1st, 2012". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 21, 2024.
  11. ^ Alper, Josh. "Dexter McCluster lands three-year deal in Tennessee". Pro Football Talk. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  12. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (September 2, 2016). "Titans release Justin Hunter, Bishop Sankey, Dexter McCluster". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Chargers Sign Versatile RB Dexter McCluster". Chargers.com. Archived from the original on September 22, 2016. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  14. ^ Henne, Ricky (November 5, 2016). "Chargers Make Four Roster Moves; Place Dexter McCluster on NFL-I List". Chargers.com.
  15. ^ Dunk, Justin. "Argos release former NFLer Dexter McCluster | 3DownNation". Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  16. ^ Smith, Michael David (May 18, 2019). "Dexter McCluster signs on with arena football team". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved May 19, 2019.