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Mr. Laz
01-08-2009, 01:26 PM
expected to announce that he's entering NFL draft

espn

OnTheWarpath58
01-08-2009, 01:27 PM
Yeah, they reported it about 10 minutes ago on 810 as well.

Frazod
01-08-2009, 01:27 PM
I hope he stays, but assume he'll leave. :deevee:

Sure-Oz
01-08-2009, 01:29 PM
I knew he'd be leaving 4 weeks ago but couldn't say anything

Not being sarcastic

Reaper16
01-08-2009, 01:30 PM
If he stays he might be he first WR taken next year. But being second isn't such a bad thing. I expect him to declare.

Sure-Oz
01-08-2009, 01:31 PM
If he stays he might be he first WR taken next year. But being second isn't such a bad thing. I expect him to declare.

He isn't staying, he will enter the draft

Mecca
01-08-2009, 01:32 PM
All these RS sophs leaving....other than LeSean McCoy he's going back.

Demonpenz
01-08-2009, 01:33 PM
Got to get paid, way to much to loose by getting tackled 100 times next year and breaking an ankle, get paid be rich, be happy.

Saulbadguy
01-08-2009, 01:44 PM
I hope he stays, but assume he'll leave. :deevee:

Generally you don't hold press conferences to say you are staying. JMO.

Dartgod
01-08-2009, 01:50 PM
He'd be fool not to leave now.

Mecca
01-08-2009, 01:53 PM
Unless he were to magically get slower, he's going to be thought of about the same no matter what draft he's in.

DJ's left nut
01-08-2009, 01:54 PM
By week 3 it was obvious he was leaving. He was playing tentatively and clearly trying to avoid serious injury. Every little tweak and sprain had him hobbling off and/or playing slower.

After 2 major knee surgeries and losing his QB, Maclin would be an idiot not to go pro. It was a no-brainer, but I still don't have to like it.

Demonpenz
01-08-2009, 01:55 PM
He is still the fastest player in pads I have seen sans devin hester

DaKCMan AP
01-08-2009, 01:56 PM
He is still the fastest player in pads I have seen sans devin hester

Then you need to watch tonight's game.

58-4ever
01-08-2009, 02:02 PM
I knew he'd be leaving 4 weeks ago but couldn't say anything

Not being sarcastic

Premium subscription?

Demonpenz
01-08-2009, 02:08 PM
Then you need to watch tonight's game.

edit "Straight players"

Sure-Oz
01-08-2009, 02:24 PM
Premium subscription?

Friends with his cousin, who is one of his best friends

King_Chief_Fan
01-08-2009, 02:42 PM
Then you need to watch tonight's game.

who does Oklahoma have that is as fast as Maclin?

DaKCMan AP
01-08-2009, 02:43 PM
who does Oklahoma have that is as fast as Maclin?

No one.

DJ's left nut
01-08-2009, 02:50 PM
I'd take my chances lining him up next to Harvin.

Maclin's extremely fast. I know it's hard for the SEC folks to believe, but athletes do exist outside of the deep south.

DaKCMan AP
01-08-2009, 02:51 PM
I'd take my chances lining him up next to Harvin.

Maclin's extremely fast. I know it's hard for the SEC folks to believe, but athletes do exist outside of the deep south.

I'm not talking about Harvin, although Percy is amazingly quick in pads.

kepp
01-08-2009, 03:49 PM
I'm not talking about Harvin, although Percy is amazingly quick in pads.

Please say you're not talking about Tebow.

DaKCMan AP
01-08-2009, 03:50 PM
Please say you're not talking about Tebow.

Jeff Demps.

kepp
01-08-2009, 04:13 PM
Jeff Demps.

Much smaller than Maclin, no? For someone to be 6'1", 210 and still run a 4.3 is more impressive in my book.

DaKCMan AP
01-08-2009, 04:16 PM
Much smaller than Maclin, no? For someone to be 6'1", 210 and still run a 4.3 is more impressive in my book.

Sure, but the comment was the fastest person in pads, not the fastest person with size. Louis Murphy for Florida is 6'3" 205 and runs a 4.3

kepp
01-08-2009, 04:25 PM
Sure, but the comment was the fastest person in pads, not the fastest person with size. Louis Murphy for Florida is 6'3" 205 and runs a 4.3

Scary...sounds like Taylor Mays.

What I've seen from Maclin though, is great acceleration. He gets up to full speed in 3 or 4 strides. To me, that's what separates him from the players with "track" speed. Not saying Demps doesn't have that acceration...don't know much about him.

DaKCMan AP
01-08-2009, 04:28 PM
Scary...sounds like Taylor Mays.

What I've seen from Maclin though, is great acceleration. He gets up to full speed in 3 or 4 strides. To me, that's what separates him from the players with "track" speed. Not saying Demps doesn't have that acceration...don't know much about him.

I understand. I was reading an article the other day that said that Percy tops out at something like a 1.73 in 20yds. That would equate to a 3.46 40 :eek:

I remember his freshman year the very first game I was in the stands and this new guy wearing #8 got the ball and I immediately looked at my friend and said, "Oh my God, that guy is FAST! He's at a different speed than everyone else."

sedated
01-08-2009, 04:31 PM
why does every topic about college football have to end with KCman spouting off about how great Florida is?

DaKCMan AP
01-08-2009, 04:32 PM
why does every topics about college football have to end with KCman spouting off about how great Florida is?

Not every, just most - and maybe because Florida is great? At least I can declare so with a victory tonight. :p

vailpass
01-08-2009, 04:34 PM
Florida is so fast on both offense and defense it is ridiculous. OK is going to be lucky to score 21 IMHO.
(I'm pulling for Stoops to get another ring but I can't see Florida losing)

Fritz88
01-08-2009, 04:35 PM
Yeah, they reported it about 10 minutes ago on 810 as well.

dude, you listen to 810 25 hours a day? I like that.

Sure-Oz
01-08-2009, 05:11 PM
dude, you listen to 810 25 hours a day? I like that.

With a delayed feed:evil:

OnTheWarpath58
01-08-2009, 05:13 PM
dude, you listen to 810 25 hours a day? I like that.

No just during the afternoons. I'm on break from college, and it gives me something to listen to while I'm getting things done around the house.

duncan_idaho
01-08-2009, 05:21 PM
By week 3 it was obvious he was leaving. He was playing tentatively and clearly trying to avoid serious injury. Every little tweak and sprain had him hobbling off and/or playing slower.

After 2 major knee surgeries and losing his QB, Maclin would be an idiot not to go pro. It was a no-brainer, but I still don't have to like it.

I'm sorry, going to call B.S. on this one. By week three, he had barely played an entire GAME (collectively). He tweaked his ankle against Illinois after playing about a half, then played in two series against SEMO, and about a half against Nevada.

Maclin always acts like each hit he took is the biggest hit he's ever taken (getting up slowly, trotting around, etc). He was the same last year (only less productive). If he truly was just trying to avoid injuries, he wouldn't have been going up for catches and exposing himself to big hits, or blocking, etc.

And he's only had one knee surgery. Which gave him a magic bionic knee, apparently...

Sure-Oz
01-08-2009, 05:23 PM
Maclin wouldn't avoid shit

Mr. Laz
01-08-2009, 05:53 PM
why does every topic about college football have to end with KCman spouting off about how great Florida is?
cuz florida is some arrogant bastiges


you have no idea


NO school around here comes close not even HALF the arrogance

Go Mizzou & Chiefs
01-08-2009, 07:00 PM
Then you need to watch tonight's game.

Maclin IS the fastest person college football and i hope he stays but i doubt it :(

DaKCMan AP
01-08-2009, 07:01 PM
Maclin IS the fastest person college football and i hope he stays but i doubt it :(

You're seriously mistaken. Jeff Demps has world-class speed. Holliday over at LSU is faster than Maclin too.

ChiefsCountry
01-08-2009, 07:04 PM
cuz florida is some arrogant bastiges


you have no idea


NO school around here comes close not even HALF the arrogance

They have all the reasons in the world. You win national championships in both hoops and football you can be arrogant.

Sure-Oz
01-08-2009, 07:16 PM
Maclin IS the fastest person college football and i hope he stays but i doubt it :(

He's gone, :(

KChiefs1
01-09-2009, 11:26 AM
It's official.....he's gone.

Frazod
01-09-2009, 11:27 AM
I knew it was coming, but that doesn't stop it from sucking. :sulk:

Dartgod
01-09-2009, 11:35 AM
Top 10 pick?

I really haven't paid attention to where he is projected.

Frazod
01-09-2009, 11:38 AM
I hope he falls to Chicago, so at least he ends up playing for a team I like.

KChiefs1
01-09-2009, 11:39 AM
He can go anywhere but the Raiders so I can at least root for him.

duncan_idaho
01-09-2009, 11:41 AM
You're seriously mistaken. Jeff Demps has world-class speed. Holliday over at LSU is faster than Maclin too.

And they're both 4-5 inches shorter...

DaKCMan AP
01-09-2009, 11:47 AM
And they're both 4-5 inches shorter...

That's wonderful, but I'm not arguing that Maclin isn't a speedster and exceptionally so for his size. The comment was that he's the fastest person seen in pads and/or the fastest player in college football. That's just not true.

duncan_idaho
01-09-2009, 12:01 PM
That's wonderful, but I'm not arguing that Maclin isn't a speedster and exceptionally so for his size. The comment was that he's the fastest person seen in pads and/or the fastest player in college football. That's just not true.

I'd take Maclin's field speed over a guy like Holliday any day. Just think it holds up better at Maclin's size with pads on than it does for Holliday (or the tiny speedster at Clemson, his name slips my mind).

It did kind of amaze me how many smallish RBs Florida has... but those guys are tough and successful.

bkkcoh
01-09-2009, 12:43 PM
He can go anywhere but the Raiders so I can at least root for him.

Amen and Rep

dj56dt58
01-09-2009, 12:49 PM
it would be nice if he would have played for MU one more year so we can get a qb this year and grab him next year..we need a returner badly..not sure how good of an NFL receiver he's gonna be but he's gonna be a top returner

KChiefs1
01-09-2009, 03:00 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/draft09/news/story?id=3821549

Maclin, expected 1st-rounder, to go pro

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Outrunning defenses came easy for Missouri wide receiver and return specialist Jeremy Maclin (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=191596). Saying goodbye was the hard part.

The two-time All-American announced his widely expected decision to turn pro Friday -- but not before breaking down in tears at the microphone before a crowd of reporters, grateful teammates and coaches.

<!-- begin whole table -->
<!-- end whole table -->"This decision hasn't been easy," Maclin said, adding that he didn't completely make up his mind until 10 minutes before the news conference. "As much as I love you guys ... I feel like I'm ready for the next level."


The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Maclin scored 17 touchdowns and caught 102 passes for Missouri this season while leading the nation in all-purpose yardage, helping elevate the Tigers to national prominence with a brief stint at No. 1 in the late-season rankings last year and consecutive appearances in the Big 12 Conference championship.

As a freshman, he scored 16 touchdowns and immediately electrified a program mired in mediocrity for years. Maclin sat out his first year in Columbia after injuring his knee during summer workouts, but announced his presence in the 2007 season opener with two touchdowns in a home victory against Illinois.

He totaled 2,833 all-purpose yards this season -- fifth-most in NCAA history -- and capped his career by igniting Missouri's comeback victory over Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl with a third-quarter punt return and then catching the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime.

Several mock drafts have rated Maclin as a first-round pick, some projecting him for the top 10.

"He's the elite of the elite," said assistant coach Cornell Ford, who helped recruit Maclin. "He set the bar for this program."

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said he gave Maclin his blessing to move on to the NFL.

"That's the right thing for him, which is ultimately the right thing for our program," Pinkel said. "He asked me if I thought he was ready, and I said, 'Yes.' Maybe that's being too honest, but it's the truth."

Pinkel said he knew right away that Maclin was a special player. He recounted driving home after the 2007 game against Illinois and telling his wife, "We've got a superstar here."

Maclin said that the specter of another, potentially career-ending injury loomed large in his decision to leave early.

"It's definitely something you think about," he said. "In a worst-case scenario, you get hurt and you can never play football again."

Missouri finished the 2008 season at 10-4, collecting double-digit victories in consecutive years for the first time in school history.

With a high-powered spread offense led by 2007 Heisman Trophy finalist Chase Daniel (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=177296) at quarterback, the Tigers began the season with expectations of contending for a national championship. But those dreams faded following an upset loss at home to Oklahoma State, a lopsided defeat to then No. 1-Texas in Austin and a 41-point drubbing by Oklahoma in the conference title game.

Thig Lyfe
01-09-2009, 03:18 PM
Draft 'em, Scott!!!!!!

KChiefs1
01-09-2009, 07:23 PM
http://missouri.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=898527

So Long, Superstar

Gabe DeArmond
PowerMizzou.com Publisher

It seemed like an easy decision. On Tuesday afternoon, Jeremy Maclin (http://missouri.rivals.com/cviewplayer.asp?Player=64419) got the call. A National Football League official told the Missouri sophomore that he was projected as a first-round pick in the NFL draft. It was the call for which Maclin had waited his whole life.

<!--Start jeremy maclin 267 nev Image--><SCRIPT language=Javascript>document.write(insertImage('http://vmedia.rivals.com/uploads/898/689321.jpg', '689321.jpg', 0, 267, 200, 1, 'Maclin ended his career with 5,609 all-purpose yards.', 'Dan Turner', 1231523962000, 'jeremy maclin 267 nev', 898, 'Align=Left'));</SCRIPT><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=208 align=left border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=202>http://vmedia.rivals.com/uploads/898/689321.jpg</TD><TD width=6 rowSpan=4>http://vmedia.rivals.com/images/spacer1.gif</TD></TR><TR><TD align=right>Dan Turner</TD></TR><TR><TD height=3>http://vmedia.rivals.com/images/spacer1.gif</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>Maclin ended his career with 5,609 all-purpose yards.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- End jeremy maclin 267 nev Image-->"It was a high when he got that information," said Jeff Parres, whose family took Maclin into their home when he was a troubled St. Louis adolescent. "This is great. I'm gone. I'm going to play in the NFL."

But over the next few days, Maclin kept feeling the pull of coming back to Columbia for his junior season.

"You kind of lean one way or the other. I've been going back and forth," Maclin said. "We've seen a lot together. You got things that you still want to achieve as a team and individually as far as national championship, Big 12 Championship, Heisman, the Biletnikoff Award. All those things. Not very many people can say they won those things and that's something I considered when making the decision."

Maclin said he did not make a final decision until about ten minutes before speaking with the media, in the midst of a meeting with Missouri coaches.

"If he's my son, what am I going to tell my son? I told him you have got to strongly consider going," Pinkel said. "He asked me if I thought he was ready and I said yeah, I do think you're ready. Maybe that's being too honest."

In the end, Maclin agreed with his coach.

"I'm saying right now, I'm entering the 2009 NFL draft," Maclin said. "I feel like I'm ready for the next level and that's what my heart told me to do."

If anyone believed this was not an easy decision, Maclin's demeanor destroyed the notion. He battled back tears multiple times during his six-and-a-half minute address. Eventually, Maclin turned and walked out of the room in mid-sentence, unable to hold back his tears.

"All those guys are like father figures to me. They didn't teach me how to just be a football player. They taught me how to be a man," he said. "I'm leaving a family. This is my family. This is where I belong."

But now, he belongs on an NFL field on Sundays. Pinkel said he discussed with Maclin the importance of getting his college degree, and that Maclin would work toward that when he had time. Over the next few months, he will be focused on preparing for the NFL combine and the April draft. Parres said the family was leaning toward Maclin continuing his training with strength coach Pat Ivey at Missouri, but that would be finalized after Maclin signs with an agent. Either way, Maclin's heart remains at Mizzou.

"I don't know where I'd be without all these guys," he said. "I represent Missouri. I will always be a Tiger."


http://missouri.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=898545

Sadness, but no regrets for Maclin

Gabe DeArmond
PowerMizzou.com Publisher

Friday wasn't supposed to be a sad day. Well, maybe for Gary Pinkel (http://missouri.rivals.com/viewcoach.asp?Coach=594) and Andy Hill (http://missouri.rivals.com/viewcoach.asp?Coach=599), who will no longer get to coach Jeremy Maclin (http://missouri.rivals.com/cviewplayer.asp?Player=64419). Maybe for Missouri fans, who will never again watch the most electrifying player in the history of the program grace Faurot Field. But it wasn't supposed to be a sad day for Maclin himself.

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Maclin broke down in tears twice. He struggled to keep his emotions in check as he addressed the media with red-rimmed eyes.

"I have no regrets. This has been the best experience of my life," Maclin said. "This is my family."

One reporter asked Maclin if he had talked with any of his former teammates who now play on Sundays.

"I had a conversation with..." he started to answer.

That's as far as Maclin got. He turned from the podium, hugged his coach and walked out the door of the Onofrio meeting room. As he left, he shut the door on one of the most memorable careers in Missouri football history.

Ultimately, Maclin was not sad. He said again and again that he knew he was making the right choice. During a meeting with the coaches on Friday morning, Pinkel and Hill stressed to Maclin that next year's Missouri team would look different. The national championship is probably not a realistic goal. Every defensive coordinator would give No. 9 even more attention than they'd given him during his all-American sophomore season. Injuries, as Maclin knows all too well, are a factor.

And despite all that, Maclin strongly considered staying a college student. I asked Jeff Parres, the surrogate father who took Maclin in during his adolescent years and coached him as a budding football star, if it was fair to say that Jeremy wanted to stay, but he had to leave.

"I think that's a good way to put it," Parres said.

To understand why Maclin reacted the way he did, you have to know from where he came.

Maclin grew up more or less on his own. The story has been told and re-told. His mother battled drug addiction. Maclin and his brothers would often fend for themselves at night, even as elementary school students. As practice concluded on the youth football team, Parres often wondered where Maclin would sleep that night.

The Parres family took him in and watched him grow into a superstar. College coaches across the country wanted Maclin. He initially committed to Oklahoma, after visiting schools like Missouri and Texas Tech as well. But Maclin continued to be a fixture at Tiger games during his senior season. Eventually, the pull of playing close to home was too strong.

"Jeremy's never really been far from home," Parres said.

So Maclin signed with Mizzou. The summer before his freshman season, he suffered what Pinkel has called one of the worst knee injuries he has ever seen. The all-American career was on hold. As the Tigers won eight games and went to the Sun Bowl, Maclin watched from the sidelines. As he rehabbed his knee, Maclin showed teammates he was the same player he'd been before the injury. In his first college game against Illinois, he showed the country. Maclin put up 227 all-purpose yards and scored touchdowns on a punt return and a reception.

"Driving back on the bus after the game," Pinkel recalled, "I told my wife, 'We've got a superstar here.'"

Over the next two years, Maclin would prove that statement true. He ended his career with 182 receptions for 2315 yards and 22 touchdowns. He ran for 668 yards and six scores. He had 2,626 return yards and brought back five total kicks for touchdowns. But numbers don't do it justice. Maclin was, simply, the most exciting player this University has ever seen.

And yet, as much as Maclin did for Mizzou, he insists it may have done more for him.

"I don't know where I'd be without all these guys," he said through tears.

The feeling is mutual. The pleasure was all ours.

Mecca
01-09-2009, 07:25 PM
I don't have anything against the guy but him being a top 15 pick just seems ridiculous to me, it's his 40 time and nothing else.

eazyb81
01-09-2009, 07:33 PM
I don't have anything against the guy but him being a top 15 pick just seems ridiculous to me, it's his 40 time and nothing else.

WTF? Have you watched him play at all?

He's not a Tedd Ginn V2; he has very good hands and his route running improved dramatically this year. Plus he has more than just straight line speed, he can stop on a dime and get back into full gear quickly.

Mecca
01-09-2009, 07:35 PM
That all may be true but his 40 time and special teams play is boosting him up, I think he's a 2 at best in the NFL, the deep threat opposite the one and I wouldn't use a top 15 pick on a guy who wasn't a 1.

eazyb81
01-09-2009, 07:38 PM
That all may be true but his 40 time and special teams play is boosting him up, I think he's a 2 at best in the NFL, the deep threat opposite the one and I wouldn't use a top 15 pick on a guy who wasn't a 1.

I won't disagree with you there. Of course his special teams play will help him, and it makes him more than just an average #2 WR. He's a weapon that can score any time he touches the ball, but he's also a real WR, not just a fast guy trying to play WR.

By saying "it's his 40 time and nothing else", it made it seem that you thought he was only going to get drafted high because he has fast track speed.

keg in kc
01-09-2009, 07:40 PM
That all may be true but his 40 time and special teams play is boosting him up, I think he's a 2 at best in the NFL, the deep threat opposite the one and I wouldn't use a top 15 pick on a guy who wasn't a 1.It would be about as smart as taking Ted Ginn 9.

Chief Roundup
01-09-2009, 07:41 PM
Did anyone else see the press conference highlights on espn?
The guy must be from the Dick Vermeil emotional tree.

KcMizzou
01-09-2009, 07:47 PM
http://missouri.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=898527

So Long, Superstar

Gabe DeArmond
PowerMizzou.com Publisher
Ugh... good read.

The kid was a blast to watch. He'll be missed. :mizzou:

keg in kc
01-09-2009, 07:50 PM
Ugh... good read.

The kid was a blast to watch. He'll be missed. Next year's going to be interesting. Last few years an aberration or a launching pad?

KChiefs1
01-11-2009, 01:36 PM
http://www.columbiatribune.com/2009/Jan/20090111Spor006.asp

Eyes on the next level
Maclin now ready to tackle challenge of becoming a pro
<!--END HEAD-->

<!--BYLINE-->By DAVE MATTER of the Tribuneís staff <!--END BYLINE-->
Published Sunday, January 11, 2009 (http://www.columbiatribune.com/2009/Jan/20090111Sporindex.asp)


<!--BODY-->Now that Jeremy Maclinís about to embark on his pro football career, his next route goes through a gantlet of skeptics, stopwatches and NFL talent evaluators.

What kind of player will Maclin be at the next level? Opinions will fluctuate during the next few months, but the player on the opposite end of Maclinís 182 college receptions is stoked about the potential.
<!-- start VERTICAL photo table -->
<TABLE class=inlinephotoright cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=200 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD align=right>http://www.columbiatribune.com/2009/Jan/0111%2009su_Bvert04_maclin_0111(2).jpg</TD></TR><TR><TD class=photocredit align=right>Nick King photo </TD></TR><TR><TD class=photocaption>Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel watches as one of his prized players, receiver/return specialist Jeremy Maclin, announces Friday that he will forgo his final two seasons to pursue a career in the NFL. </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

<!-- end VERTICAL photo table -->As Chase Daniel polished his own draft repertoire in Houston, the former Missouri quarterback raved about Maclinís pro potential in a phone interview Friday.

"Itís not just his receiver prowess and everything he does running routes, his vision and stuff like that," Daniel said from Houston, a few hours after Maclin announced heíll enter Aprilís draft. "Heíd be a first-round pick as just a receiver. But then you take his return ability - teams will cherish that. Itís a double threat. Heís totally ready to take the next step."

The NFL Draft Advisory Committee gave Maclin a first-round projection, but thatís by no means a promise, just an educated forecast based on game film. Over the next few months, heíll go through an exhaustive series of tests, drills and interviews that will ultimately determine his draft stock.

"Thatís what they have me projected as, but itís all how you perform at the combine," said Maclin, referring to the NFL scouting combine, which kicks off Feb. 18 in Indianapolis. "So, right now, thatís what they got me at.

But, hopefully, I can keep that up by performing and doing my best when itís time to test."

If Maclin declines to participate in some drills at the combine - as many projected first-round picks do - heíll have two smaller pro days at MUís Devine Pavilion to work out for scouts. Running on familiar turf should be especially beneficial for the all-important 40-yard dash. During Missouriís offseason testing drills last spring, Maclinís best time 40 time was 4.32 seconds. For comparisonís sake, that would have been the fastest time among receivers at last yearís combine.

"When they Ö put that stopwatch on him - theyíre all about speed - heíll light it up," Tigers Coach Gary Pinkel said on Friday.

Along with that speed, Pinkel also pointed to the intangible factors that Maclin displayed during his three seasons at Missouri, the first of which was wrecked by a career-threatening knee injury a few days before preseason camp opened in 2006.

"At the level heís going to now, thereís a lot of guys with a lot of great ability," Pinkel said. "What really defines the great ones is how they think, how they compete, how they handle adversity, how driven they are to be successful. Heís all that. And thatís why heís had the couple years heís had since heís been here. Thatís why he overcame that very serious injury. Heís very special."

● PEERLESS?: Finding a current NFL player that compares favorably to Maclinís profile isnít easy. That didnít stop Daniel from playing draft guru.

The quarterback ticked off Chicagoís Devin Hester, Miamiís Ted Ginn Jr. and Philadelphiaís DeSean Jackson as Maclinís closest peers. All three led their teams in either receptions or receiving yards this season, though Hester and Ginn are also accomplished return specialists.

Maclin, a shade taller than 6 feet and around 200 pounds, is bigger than all three.

"Look at what DeSean Jackson did this year, but J-Macís got 20 pounds on him and is just as fast," Daniel said. "I see him more as Ted Ginn, a type of receiver who can play in the slot and create mismatches."

● DANIEL AT WORK, TOO: As for Daniel, heís been in Houston since the end of Missouriís season working under the care of Danny Arnold, who runs The Plex, a training facility that specializes in preparing players for the combine. Among the other draft hopefuls at the Plex are LSU receiver Brandon LaFell and offensive guard Herman Johnson and, coincidentally, former Missouri cornerback Domonique Johnson, who played for Jackson State the last two seasons.

"Itís no joke here," Daniel said. "Itís combine training. Iím loving it. Iím living in my single apartment, letting all the stresses in the world pass me by. Iím going to bed early, getting up early and working out."

Danielís primary objective in Houston is training his muscle memory to play quarterback from under center. After playing almost exclusively in shotgun formations throughout high school and college, Danielís had to practice taking snaps from under center and dropping back into the pocket. Daniel has worked closely with longtime NFL quarterbacks coach Jerry Rhome, whoís tutored a long list of quarterback stars, from Troy Aikman and Warren Moon to Steve McNair and Kurt Warner. So far, so good, Daniel said.

"Honestly, I surprised myself with how little work I needed on that just for the fact that Iím so used to going out of shotgun," said Daniel, who reported yesterday for the East-West Shrine Game in Houston. "I thought it was going to be a big ordeal for me to switch to under center. I know itís just practice and just 1-on-1 versus the air. But I feel really comfortable doing it. Itís a little different when a defensive line gets in front of you, but I feel like I can go into the East-West Game and do well."

On Saturday, after a week of practices in Houston, Daniel will quarterback the East team in the annual all-star game. Louisvilleís Hunter Cantwell and Michigan Stateís Brian Hoyer are the teamís other quarterbacks. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. at Houstonís Robertson Stadium and will be televised on ESPN2.

Missouri defensive end Stryker Sulak also will play for the East team, coached by Bobby Ross.

Daniel also will participate in the NFL combine, reporting for duty in Indianapolis on Feb. 19. Taking only an online course this semester, Daniel is scheduled to graduate from MU in May.

For an agent, he signed with Houston-based Jeff Nalley of Select Sports Group. Among Nalleyís NFL clientele are New England wideout Wes Welker, Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson and St. Louis defensive lineman Adam Carriker.

eazyb81
01-11-2009, 01:39 PM
That pic of Pinkel is priceless.

"Damn. I'm f#cked now."