McCleskey Runs to San Diego

DeMarco McCleskey was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent. McCleskey led the Cincinnati BearCats in rushing the last two seasons. His main focus now, is leaving a checkered past behind.

McCleskey was a second team all-league choice this year after setting Cincinnati single season records for rushing attempts (315), yards (1,361) and total touchdowns (17). He ended his career ranked second in school history with 3,487 rushing yards while setting school and C-USA standards for rushing touchdowns (37) and total touchdowns (41) in a career. McCleskey finished his career with the BearCats as the teams MVP.

His numbers are even more impressive as Cincy looks to throw first. McCleskey is polished as a receiver contributing 32 receptions as a senior.

McCleskey showed unknown blocking skills in the Rotary Gridiron Classic Bowl Game in January as the Team USA offense went pass happy on the day.

Off the field troubles cost the 1999 season. On May 21, 1999, DeMarco McCleskey turned 19 years old. That same day, he was indicted on two counts of rape and one count of aggravated burglary by a Hamilton County grand jury. On March 29, 2000, he was acquitted of all charges after a trial in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. In a signed affidavit, a 19-year-old woman accused him of forcibly performing sex acts, including intercourse, as she told him to stop. Three days after that, he was arrested, and released a day later on $10,000 bond.

"When you put yourself in situations where you get stereotyped, the image makes you out to be a bad one," said McCleskey. "So how do you make yourself good when society wants you bad more than they want you good? You never get to clear your name. You're always the bad guy. That's how society has brought us up to feel and act and react."

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