Dexter McCluster: Reason to Watch the Senior Bowl

Ole Miss fans will live the rest of their lives wondering what might have been. Why did it take so long to find a superstar in their blue, red, and gray? Who knows. A full season of what happened on November 14, 2009 and Oxford, Mississippi would have been celebrating a Heisman Trophy winner on December 11, 2009 instead of watching their neighbor state do the same.

For me, players like Dexter McCluster are what make college football great. They provide what the pro version of the game rarely does.

Dexter McCluster running like the wind and away from the Vol defense. GoVolsXtra.com

The top memory of the 2009 season for me (on the field that is) will not be anything that happened in an orange jersey. As utterly disappointing as the game result was, the single human performance of Dexter McCluster in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium against the Vols was so magnificent that it reminded me, once more, how satisfying college football can be to watch on any given Saturday.

Matt Hinton, a.k.a. Dr. Saturday, wrote this past Wednesday that McCluster is a “tailback, Wildcat back, receiver, occasional return man, pastry chef, archaeologist, stunt pilot and all-purpose bon vivant.” An apt description, because it’s how he plays and approaches the game—he’s everywhere at the same time; he play’s all positions at the same time with full abandon and joy at the same time.

He’s one of my all-time favorite players to watch. All because of one game, on one Saturday afternoon, against the team that I love with all my heart.

Reason enough to watch the Senior Bowl on the NFL Network, Saturday January 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm ET.

NOTE: Especially now that Vol RB Montario Hardesty will NOT be playing in the game as originally advertised.

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