Indianapolis — Ole Miss hybrid Dexter McCluster, who plans to take part in all of the drills at the NFL scouting combine, believes he can play wide reciever and running back in the National Football League.
He rushed for 304 times for 1,955 yards for the Rebels and caught 130 passes for 1,703 yards.
“I’m both,” McCluster said on Saturday. “I’ve done both of them. I feel comfortable at both of them. At running back I get the ball early and make decisions a little quicker. At receiver, I’ve got good hands and great stop and speed. The ability to (create) mismatches and create separation.”
He measured a little over 5-foot-6 and weighed 172 pounds.
“I just got my wingspan measured,” said McCluster, a broadcast journalism major. “It was 70 inches.”
McCluster believes that the NFL play of Minnesota’s Percy Harvey and New Orleans’ Reggie Bush had helped smallish running back/receivers.
“It’s good to have some people like that in the league,” McCluster said. “They are having great success and contributing to a team. It shows that I can make that same impact that they are.”